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GULF


DEFENDER


Vol. 65, No. 33


Assumption of Com-
mand
The 43rd Fighter
Squadron Assumption
of Command Ceremony
will be held at 3:43 p.m.
today in the 43rd FS han-
gar, Bldg. 290.
Lt. Col. David Krumm
will assume command
from Lt. Col. Michael
Stapleton.

TAAA Party
Tyndall's Active Air-
men's Association's in-
augural Summer Bash
is planned for all E-1s to
E-4s Saturday at 6 p.m.
at the Enlisted Club.

Home buying class
The Family Support
Center will offer a basic
home buying class from
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Monday in Bldg. 743.
Class size is limited. To
make a reservation, call
the FSC at 283-4204.




Tyndall announces colo-
nel promotions ... PAGE 6






Security Forces addresses
gate security ... PAGE 9

Flight Medicine supports
aircrew here ... PAGE 18

Facilities list Labor Day
holiday hours ... PAGE 21


Aug. 25,2006


Lisa Norman
Tradition begins
A memorable moment during his command, Lt. Col. Michael Stapleton, 43rd Fighter Squadron com-
mander, greets Gen. (Ret.) John Jumper, formerAir Force Chief of Staff, after completing the general's
Raptor qualification flight here in January 2005.



Raptor commander reflects, continues legacy


1ST LT. AMANDA FERRELL
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The commander of the 43rd
Fighter Squadron will relin-
quish command today after
devoting years of leadership
and dedication to the "Ameri-
can Hornets."
Lt. Col. Michael Stapleton,
commander ofthe 43rd Fighter
Squadron, and a member of
the original Raptor Formal
Training Unit cadre, has been
involved with Raptor training
at the 43rd FS since its reacti-
vation in 2002 here.
The 43rd FS is creating a


legacy of air dominance, and
those contributing range from
fighter weapons officers to
maintenance crew chiefs, said
Colonel Stapleton.
"Our people are amazing,"
he said. "I am continually
impressed with the kind of
Americans who raise their
hand and say, 'I want to defend
this country,' and then come
and join the ranks of the blue
Air Force."
Maintaining training squad-
ron is clearly a team effort, but
leading the way intransformat-
ing a fledgling F-22 squadron


into a fully operational and
mission-ready force of Raptors
was no easy task.
"There have been a lot of
struggles," said Colonel Sta-
pleton. "Early in a weapon
system development program
its common to run into things
that weren't expected. It's
happened with every weapon
system we have ever built. But
at the end of the day, our folks
- our team bonded together
and found ways to overcome
challenges and we delivered
exactly what the Air Force
needed and then some."


When initial operational
capability was determined, and
the number of capable pilots
was evaluated, the 43rd FS had
produced 125 percent of what
the Air Force asked for, and we
did it with half the resources
we were expected to do it with,
said Colonel Stapleton.
"The difference was the
blood, sweat and tears of our
folks and the sacrifices they
made," he said.
Colonel Stapleton com-
mends those committed to the
success of the Raptor program
SEE COMMANDER PAGE 12


Trst Temok Tranin


Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts






Page 2 Gulf Defender


Aug. 25, 2006


What is the most important


item to take on deployment?


AF


rillsbby ULLILta
Heads up

Col. Scott Davis, 325th Fighter Wing vice commander, throws
the first pitch at the U.S. Slow-pitch Softball Association Military
World Championship Aug. 18. Military teams from around the
world competed in the three-day tournament, including three
Tyndall teams. See story on page 15.


"Dirt always gets under your
nails and caked on your face so
I would need baby wipes."


"Depending on where I am go-
ing, personal protective equip-
ment is important."


SENIOR AIRMAN KATIE PINGEL MASTER SGT. JOHN BLACKBURN
325th Air Control Squadron 325th Air Control Squadron


Can you identify this ob-
ject? If so, send an e-mail
to editor@tyndall. af. milwith
"Identify this" in the sub-
ject line. Three correct en-
tries will be chosen at ran-
dom and drawn from a hat
to select the final winner.
The prize can be claimed
at the Public Affairs of-
fice. Airman 1st Class
Adam Smith, 95th Aircraft
Maintenance Unit crew
chief, correctly guessed
the Aug. 18 "Identify this"
as a grounding point on
the flightline. Congratu-
lations, Airman Smith.
Come claim your prize!


Gulf Defender Editorial Staff

Brig. Gen. (S) Tod Wolters.......................325th FW commander
Maj. Susan A. Romano...............chief, 325th FW public affairs
Chrissy Cuttita................................chief, internal information
1st Lt. Am anda Ferrell................. .............. ......staff w riter
Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga..........................................editor


"Baby powder helps keep you
dry. You sweat less."

SENIOR AIRMAN CIARA ROBINSON
325th Medical Support Squadron


The Gulf Defender is published by the Panama City News Herald, a private firm in no
way connected with the U S Air Force, under exclusive written contract with Tyndall
Air Force Base, Fla This civilian enterprise Air Force newspaper is an authorized
publication for members of the U S military services Contents of the Gulf Defender
are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U S government, De-
partment of Defense or Department of the Air Force
The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts and supplements,
does not constitute endorsement by the DOD, the Department of the Air Force or the
Panama City News Herald of the products or services advertised
Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use
or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital
status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the
purchaser, user or patron


"I haven't deployed yet, but I'd
need extra clean socks."

2ND LT. LEE WRITTEN
325th Air Control Squadron


Editorial content is edited, prepared and provided by the 325th Fighter Wing
public affairs office Photographs are U S Air Force photos unless otherwise
noted
The deadline for article submissions to the Gulf Defender is 4 p m Friday, prior
to the week of publication unless otherwise noted Articles must be typed and
double-spaced, preferably on a 3 5-inch disc Stories should be submitted di-
rectly to the public affairs office, Building 662, Room 129 or mailed to 325
FW/PAI, 445 Suwannee Ave, Tyndall AFB, FL, 32403-5425 or e-mailed to edi-
tor@tyndall af mil Public affairs staff members edit all material for accuracy,
brevity, clarity, conformity to regulations and journalistic style The delivery of
the Gulf Defender to Tyndall base housing sections is provided by the Panama
City News Herald
For more information, or to advertise in the newspaper, call (850) 747-5000


- 1, M I t h is .






Aug. 25, 200 Gulf D3I efender Page 3
6 COMMENTARY


How Airmen view serving their country impacts career


LT. COL. KEVIN MURRAY
2nd Fighter Squadron Commander
All of us, at one time or another, has had someone
ask us why we joined the Air Force, or why we con-
tinue to serve. There are a lot of different answers to
this question, and probably no wrong answers. Each
of us has our own reasons.
I think it's important that each of us spend some
time thinking about those reasons so we can easily
articulate them to someone the next time we are asked
the question, "Why do you serve?" A well thought
out explanation of the reasons why youjoined the Air
Force, and more importantly, why you continue to
serve, may provide moti\ ati on to that perso n to also
find their own reasons to sen c Nlore importantly. I
submit that if you truly understand the reasons \\ Ih
you serve, it will help you to -cle c bcttr
How do you view sen mj y our couLntri h'ghtin_'
in combat orcombat support' Are \ou training others
to fight? There are obviously man\ reasons to joino
the military. Some may ha\ c oincd out of a sense of
patriotism, a feeling that it is tlhei duti to se c their
country by joining the military and bkin prcparcd to
defend the country and its principles Tins patriotic
feeling and desire to help one's countrII' \\as \ e'
evident after the 9/11 terrorist attacks \ ith a lari'e
wave of people joining the military. and continues
today with the ongoing global \\ r on tcrorisnmi
Or maybe others joined the Air Force to take
advantage of the great education opportuniitIes tlhe
military offers, both in technical training and under-
graduate and graduate degrees.
Perhaps there was a desire to live in and travel to
new places and countries, and do something new and
exciting. It's even possible that some joined because
they had nothing else to do, had no real direction in
life, or joining the military seemed like a good way
to find a focus in life. It could have been any one of
these, or several other reasons, that led you to join
the Air Force.


I joined the Air Force in 1987. To be very honest,
my prime reason for joining was because I wanted
to fly. Although I believed strongly in the principles
our country was founded upon that we continue to
fight for today, I didn't think about joining the Air
Force from a patriotic perspective or think it was my
patriotic duty. While I felt it was important to serve
my country, flying was still the main reason I joined.
I have been very fortunate that my 19-year Air Force
career provided the training and the opportunity to
do something I enjoy very much.
But if you asked me today why I continue to serve
in the Air Force, the answer is not because I get to fly.
Nh reasons ha'\ c' c'h cd o\ c'rthe years, as I suspect
most pi'opllc do HaN\ in' tI' opportunity to fly was
the ti rlci that ,ot mc into the Air Force, but along
thl \\ a\. I disco\ c'id c'\ eral other things that I can
do to s;.er %' Il\ county%
First. I continue to sce\ because I do want to
defend inN country~ and the ideas upon which it was
founded The ficcdom \\ eiiloy cannot be taken for
railntld and it must be cnmed every day.
Nh siquadroIn is a training-coded unit, not a com-
bat-coded unit. so I \\onl't c't to serve by flying in
combat NIu\ minsson hcrc is to produce near combat
read\ F-15 \\Wiin'mcn for the Combat Air Forces,
so I scrn c In\ couLnti\ b\ providing highly-trained
Ildl\ iduals \\ iho \\ ill dep'lo to combat.
I also continluc to scle c because I enjoy the chal-
lenging 'n\ iioini'cnt o'lf the A\ir Force. I enjoy tack-
ling a problem or obstacle, identifying a solution to
the problem, and then executing the course of action
to accomplish the mission.
I've found that service is much more than just do-
ing my job as an F-15 instructor pilot, I also serve by
providing the Airmen in my command the opportu-
nity and the motivation to reach their full potential.
I do this by providing a good leadership example,
and then providing them the opportunity and the
responsibility to be a leader themselves.


I also mentor them. I encourage them to pursue
educational opportunities, both professional and
academic. I counsel them when they have problems,
and I praise them when they do well. I help instill
the values of integrity, service and excellence. I en-
courage them to get involved in their community, to
volunteer and to be a good ambassador for the Air
Force and the U.S.
If I can motivate Airmen to become leaders, to bet-
ter themselves through education and to demonstrate
our service's core values, then I have done something
to serve my country. If I can help Airmen who are
going down the wrong path correct their problems,
become productive in their jobs, and be responsible
people with good character in the Air Force and in
their community, then I have served my country. And
when those Airmen mentor and motivate someone
else to reach their potential, then I have served my
country.
I owe the Air Force a lot. It has given me great
technical training with many leadership and manage-
ment skills as a bonus. The great thing about those
skills is that I get to take them with me when I leave
the Air Force. I can continue to influence people
even after I retire, and I can continue to influence
not only the next generation of Airmen, but the next
generation of Americans.
Also, this allows me to fulfill the final reason I
serve, which is to help provide a safe and free world
for my children to grow up in and realize their own
potential. I will continue to serve my family, my
community and my country long after I retire.
So take a few minutes to think about why you
joined the Air Force, and why you serve today. Keep
in mind the perspective that service is not just doing
your job in the Air Force, but influencing others to
develop their leadership traits, core values and good
moral character. Motivating others to reach their full
potential in whatever they do, whether they wear a
uniform or not, is truly a service to your country.


Action Line
Call 283-2255


BRIG. GEN. (S) TOD WOLTERS
325th Fighter Wing commander


The Action Line is your direct line
to me. It is one way to make Tyndall a
better place to work and live.
The goal is to provide you with an
accurate, timely response. You must
leave your name, phone number or
address to receive a response.
Questions or comments of general
interest will be published in this forum.
This avenue should only be used after
coordinating problems or concerns
with supervisors, commanders, first
sergeants or facility managers.
If you're not satisfied with the re-
sponse or you are unable to resolve the


problem, call me at 283-2255.
For fraud, waste and abuse calls,
you should talk to the 325th Fighter
Wing Inspector General's Office,
283-4646.
Calls concerning energy abuse
should be referred to the energy hot
line, 283-3995.
Below are more phone numbers
that help you in resolving any issues
with a base agency.
Commissary 283-4825
Pass and I.D. 283-4191
Medical and Dental 283-7515
MEO 283-2739


MPF 283-2276
SFS Desk Sgt. 283-2254
Services 283-2501
Legal 283-4681
Housing 283-2036
CDC 283-4747
Wing Safety 283-4231
ADC 283-2911
Finance 283-4117
Civil Engineer 283-4949
Civilian Personnel 283-3203
Base Information 283-1113
Thank you for helping me improve
Tyndall and I look forward to hearing
from you.


A~ C\r r\nnrr


/*.-.It r--,,- -- ---- h- .... -






Page 4 Gulf Defender


Domestic violence conviction can shatter military career


An Airman and his girlfriend return
home from a bar and they both had a
few drinks. Their conversation turns
sour and leads to an argument, which
transforms into a minor scuffle.
The police are called and the two are
separated. Charges are pressed and the
Airman is hauled into court.
Feeling ashamed and apologetic
for the altercation, he pleads guilty
to simple assault, which is a misde-
meanor.
He may have just unintentionally
ended his military career by commit-
ting even a minor act of domestic vio-
lence or by pleading guilty to simple
assault, which in this case, was a crime
of domestic violence.
An extreme result? Perhaps. Some-
thing you need to be aware of? Abso-
lutely.
Because the law states anyone who
has been convicted of a domestic vio-
lence offense cannot carry a weapon,
a convicted Airman may be forced to
leave the service.


.4


The Gun Control Act defines do-
mestic violence as the use or attempt-
ed use of physical force or threatened
use of a deadly weapon against a
current or former spouse, a parent, a


child or with whom one is
cohabitating.
Additionally, the Laut-
enberg Amendment, a 1996
change to the Gun Control
Act, states that anyone who
has been convicted of a
domestic violence offense
is prohibited from possess-
ing firearms or ammunition.
This law affects members
who may carry a weapon,
and supervisors who issue
those weapons.
Convicted persons would
be no longer eligible to train
with any firearms, or go on
deployments requiring pos-
session of small arms. If a
career field requires that an
Airman needs to qualify to
bear a firearm, an Airman convicted of
domestic violence will be withdrawn.
The Airman may be reassigned
to a non-firearm bearing position or
discharged. Additionally, they will be


forced to give up any privately owned
firearms. Put more bluntly, they may
never own or use firearms again.
Going through a fully litigated crimi-
nal case isn't the only way to be con-
victed of a crime. Pleading guilty or no
contest nololo contendre") to a crime of
domestic violence counts just as much,
and will result in the same loss of rights
under the Gun Control Act.
The best way to avoid trouble un-
der the law is to not commit acts of
domestic violence in the first place.
Domestic turmoil should be resolved
through counseling or other channels,
such as the chaplain and life skills.
If you are being charged with an
act of domestic violence, understand
the potential ramifications a plea of
guilty or no contest can have on your
military career.
Always talk to the Area Defense
Counsel or civilian attorney before
you make a decision that could end
your career.
(Courtesy of Base Legal Office)


Aug. 25, 2006





Aug. 25,2006


Gulf Defender


Page 5






Page 6 Gulf Defender


Air Force Personnel Center adds SRP, CJR to virtual MPF


RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas
- The Air Force will add the Selective Reenlist-
ment and Career Job Reservation programs to
the virtual Military Personnel Flight, furthering
Personnel Services Delivery Transformation.
Beginning Sept. 1, the automated SRP process
will e-mail commanders a monthly roster notify-
ing them of their Airmen projected for reenlist-
ment. Commanders can choose whether or not to
make Airmen ineligible for reenlistment based
on quality force standards. Upon processing
of the subsequent month roster, those Airmen
who meet the requirements will automatically
be made eligible for reenlistment.
Thirty days after the commander receives the
SRP roster, provided Airmen remain eligible,
the system will automatically request a CJR for
Airmen in the first month of their CJR eligibil-
ity window (35th month for four-year enlistees,
59th month for six-year enlistees) in their con-
trol Air Force Specialty Code. Airmen eligible
for a CJR who are in a constrained career field
will be placed on the CJR waiting list. Those
who are initially deemed ineligible for reenlist-


ment will continue to be reviewed monthly to
determine if they become eligible, at which
time the system will request a CJR or place the
member on the CJR waiting list.
"Making the CJR application process au-
tomatic relieves a good deal of stress for the
member, supervisors and commanders," said
Master Sgt. Travis Fritts, 325th Services Squad-
ron first sergeant and 325th Fighter Wing career
assistance advisor. "No longer will you have to
worry if the paperwork 'went through' or if the
member made the cut-off."
Airmen in a constrained AFSC who end up
on the CJR waiting list will be able to track the
status of their CJR request via a vMPF link. The
link will also provide a CJR expiration date for
Airmen who receive a CJR.
"The automation of the CJR process means
Airmen will be reviewed as soon as they become
eligible," said Capt. Jay Johnson, chief of the
future operations integration branch at the Air
Force Personnel Center here. "However, supervi-
sors must still understand the program so they
can convey to Airmen how the process works or


where to go for additional assistance. As always,
the professionals in the Air Force Contact Center
will be standing by to assist if needed."
Airmen still have a large responsibility in the
process.
"The automatic application doesn't relieve
the member from following up to decide his
or her best career option, said Sergeant Fritts.
"That's an automatic application, not automatic
approval; big difference."
"This move will greatly improve the process
for the majority of CJR applications across the
Air Force," said Tech. Sgt. Catrina Baskin,
noncommissioned officer in charge of Air Force
Reenlistments. "However, Airmen will still need
to request a CJR through their base military per-
sonnel flight if they desire one in their secondary
AFSC or for other special circumstances, such
as exceptions to policy."
For more information on either program, contact
the Air Force Contact Center at (800) 616-3775 (Op-
tion 1,1,2), (210) 565-5000, or DSN 665-5000.
(Contributed by 325th Fighter Wing Public
Affairs)


Congratulations to Tyndall's

newest colonel selects!


(The following lieutenant colonels were selectedfor promotion Thursday.)


Craig Hall
Douglas Howard
Alan Lake
James Riemens Van Laare
Raymond Sable
Michael Stapleton


325th MXG
325th MDOS
325th MSG
325th OG
AFCESA
43rd FS


Aug. 25, 2006





Gulf Defender Page 7


Air Force launches


profile on MySpace

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas
(AFPN) The Air Force is joining the Internet's
largest social networking site and entered the
MySpace race when it launched its own user profile
Monday.
With close to 98 million registered users,
MySpace.com is an ideal venue for the Air Force to
connect with potential recruits and promote aware-
ness for its up-and-coming documentary-style ad
campaign "Do Something Amazing."
As the third most popular Web site, MySpace
reaches 49 percent of all Internet users between the
ages of 18 to 24. The site's users can chat with old
friends, make new friends and post blogs, photos and
videos to their profiles.
"In order to reach young men and women to-
day, we need to be in tune and engaged in their
circles," said Col. Brian Madtes, Air Force Recruit-
ing Service's Strategic Communications director.
"MySpace.com is a great way to get the word out
to the public about the amazing things people are
doing in the Air Force."
When viewing the Air Force profile, users can see
a series of five rough-cut clips that will give them a
behind-the-scenes look at the extraordinary things
Airmen accomplish every day. They will also have the
opportunity to vote on which commercial will kick off
the "Do Something Amazing" advertising campaign.
The one with the most votes will air Sept. 18 during
the FOX network's TV show, "Prison Break."
In addition to the 30-second commercials, users will
be able to view expanded videos of Airmen as they fly
and fight, call in air strikes, navigate satellites and jump
out of airplanes. The reality TV film clips include per-
sonal, unscripted interviews from Airmen in today's Air
Force. MySpace users can also become "friends" of the
Air Force, download wallpaper and post messages about
what else they would like to see in the ad campaign.
Following the Sept. 18 commercial premiere, Inter-
net users will be able to go to the DoSomethingAmaz-
ing.com Web site where they can view more than 100
videos of Airmen in action.
(Courtesy ofAir Force Rectriring Service Public
Affairs)


Aug. 25, 2006






Page 8 Gulf Defender


New national Air Force memorial

Web site honors veteran Airmen


STAFF SGT. JEREMY LARLEE
Air Force Print News
SAN ANTONIO (AFPN) A
nonprofit organization's Web site
is letting people pay tribute to Air
Force heroes.
A section in the Air Force Memo-
rial Foundation's Web site, titled Air
Force Heroes, allows people to honor
an Airman with a paragraph about
what makes them extraordinary.
With the Air Force memorial
scheduled to open in the mid-Octo-
ber, the Web site is a great resource
for people to prepare for the open-
ing, said Maj. Kimberly Tebrugge, a
public affairs officer for the 60th Air
Force Anniversary Office.
"It is a great opportunity for
people to see those who may have
slipped through the cracks in regards
to recognition," Major Tebrugge
said.
Major Tebrugge thinks the Web


site has been underused because it
is new and not many people know
about it.
"It is very important to recognize
the proud heritage we have and
the sacrifices and contributions of
those who pioneered ahead of us,"
she said. "It makes you proud to see
a collective representation of the
similar values that we all share as
Airmen and how they are displayed
in different ways."
People interested in posting a
tribute, or browsing the tributes that
have already been posted, can visit
the Web site at www.airforcememo-
rial.org/heroes.
(Editor 's note: The U.S. Air Force
Memorial is scheduled to be of-
ficially dedicated and presented to
the nation at an on-site ceremony
Oct. 14. The new Memorial is lo-
cated in Arlington, Virginia, directly
across from the Pentagon.)


SUp, and away
Staff Sgt. Brandon
Binczak, 325th Secu-
rity Forces combat
arms instructor, raises
the red flag in front of
the range before M-9
training starts Monday
morning. The red flag
serves as a reminder
to personnel, driving
or walking by, that live
fire is on the range.
No one is allowed to
go behind the range at
this time.
Chrissy Cuttita


Aug. 25, 2006






Gulf Defender Page 9


Security Forces cautions motorists entering, exiting gate


CHRISSY CUTTITA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Since 9/11, security at Air Force base
gates has continued to be "beefed up" like
the newly constructed Sabre Gate here.
"Vehicle-Bore Improvised Explo-
sive Devices are a real threat to any
installation and are frequently used by
terrorists," said Capt. Michael Bernatt,
325th Security Forces Squadron opera-
tions officer. "Spike strips are designed
to disable any vehicle attempting
unauthorized access to the installation
and are our first line of defense in force
protection."
DoD installations installed spikes
and other barriers at their gates for
this reason.
"Many terrorist attacks utilized ve-
hicles, so the spikes were put in place
to stop vehicles from forcibly entering
the base and to prevent people from
entering Sabre Gate the wrong way,"
said 2nd Lt. Vernon Frazier, 325th SFS
plans and programs officer in charge.
Adding the extra precaution helps
exiting traffic flow through the base
more smoothly and conveniently.
At Tyndall, posts were installed at


the main gate to provide the DoD rec-
ommended serpentine traffic pattern
going into and out of base. During
the reconstruction of the Sabre Gate,
similar posts and spike stripes were
installed simultaneously.
With the added obstacles at the
gates, Security Forces is urging motor-
ists to drive carefully when entering
and exiting the base.
"The signs posted at the exit to
Sabre Gate say five mph, however,
some motorists may need to drive even
slower to prevent rubbing spikes on
the underside of their vehicles," said
Captain Bernatt. "We coordinated with
325th Civil Engineering Squadron and
the spikes are Department of Trans-
portation compliant and safe."
After a survey done of motorists
exiting the gate, the 325th SFS found
that drivers speeding in excess of the
limit had problems with spikes rub-
bing their vehicles' undercarriage.
"When a vehicle exiting the base
drives over the spike strip, it lowers
into the ground, allowing the vehicle
to pass without incident," said Master
Sgt. John Kelley, 325th SFS installation


Chrissy Cuttita
A vehicle passes over the spike strip whie exiting the Sabre Gate.
When driving at the correct speed limit, the vehicle is able to com-


press the strip into the road.
security NCO in charge. "If a vehicle
passes over the spikes going too fast, the
vehicle suspension doesn't have time to
adjust to the compression of going over
a speed bump. This causes the spikes
to rub on the undercarriage."
The bottom line is that while Tyn-
dall is working hard at protecting its
gates, its personnel need to be aware
of security precautions, take heed and
patiently work with Security Forces.
"We are asking motorists to drive


safely," said Captain Bernatt. "Do not
attempt to swerve around the strips or
drive over the strips at an angle. Driv-
ing over the spikes strips at an angle
or backing up over them will result in
damage to the vehicles. If you have
lowered your vehicle or you know
your vehicle sits lower to the ground
because ofperformance modifications,
then we are asking drivers to slow
down and be extremely careful while
driving over the spikes."


Airmen join services in combat training before deployment


Kemberly Groue
During Theater Immersion training at
Camp Shelby, Mississippi, 1st Lt. Simon
Huntley,left, Bravo Company B 1/149th In-
fantry Battalion, London, Ky., listens as a
contract interpreter Kadhim Al-Sari, Bas-
rah, Iraq, talks to contractor Heza Yousify,
Baghdad, Iraq, explaining to him why the
military are here and why they cannot en-
ter into the base's Entry Control Point on
August 15, 2006. This scenario teaches
the military how to operate in a Forward
Operating Base.


KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFPN)
- Tyndall has sent 18 Airmen to attend Army ground
combat skills training, preparing them for operations
Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom deployments.
The Airmen require the training because they will
be assigned duties outside their normal Air Force
specialties. In the near-term, these numbers are ex-
pected to increase substantially.
One Tyndall Airman, Capt. J. Elaine Hunnicutt
from the 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, is un-
dergoing this training now.
"The Army CST program is beneficial forAirmen to
get acclimated to the Army customs and way of life,"
she said. "I have no doubt that the Airman that leave
here will leave with a greater sense of the threats that
await us abroad and a higher level of comfort for the
equipment and weapons that we deploy with."
The aim of ILO training is to prepare Airmen for
nontraditional combat environments in support of the
combatant commanders'requirements where Airmen
are deployed to assist Army personnel. Second Air
Force wants to support all Airmen engaged in this
enhanced, realistic training and address their current
and future service needs.
"Very few of us knew each other when we first got
here," said Maj. Brenda Frye, supportteam command-


er. "We (divided) into an Army company, platoon and
squad. For a squad you (have) a driver, a combat life
saver, two gunners and a troop commander. You learn
how to work with all those people. Our Airmen have
stepped up and done a really good job out here."
"The training definitely makes you appreciate what
you have," said Captain Hunnicutt. "The Soldiers
live a hard life. There is reason for that, they are put
into harms way on the battlefield every day.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T Michael Moseley
tasked 2ndAir Force to manage the oversight ofAirmen
throughout their training cycle for "in-lieu-of' taskings
and individual augmentee taskings to the United States
Central Command area ofresponsibility. This is the first
team to graduate since that tasking.
Tech. Sgt. Alphonso Smith, a readiness NCO at
Brooks City Base, San Antonio, said he advises Air-
men to be mentally and physically prepared before
entering ILO training.
"The Army believes in repetition, so that (a
procedure) is embedded," Sergeant Smith said.
"When a grenade goes off, it's second nature for you
to know exactly what to do."
Under ILO taskings, Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers and
Marines from a cross-section of military specialties
SEE ILO PAGE 16


Aug. 25, 2006






Page 10 Gulf Defender


OSI seeks Reserve volunteers


The Air Force Office of Special
Investigations is recruiting to fill ap-
proximately 40 command Reserve
individual mobilization augmentee
E-5 and E-6 special agent positions.
Staff and technical sergeants from
any career field current reservists
and Airmen leaving active duty can
apply.
Accepted applicants will be sent to
the Federal Law Enforcement Training
Center and the Air Force Special In-
vestigations Academy, both in Glynco,
Ga., for special agent training.
New OSI special agent recruits
begin training at FLETC with an
11-week course called the Criminal
Investigator Training Program. It is
attended by trainees from almost all
federal investigative agencies.
The CITP provides basic investi-
gative training in law, interviewing,
informants, defensive tactics, emer-
gency driving, evidence processing,
firearms, search and seizure, arrest
techniques, report writing, testify-
ing and surveillance. Students par-
ticipate in physical training several


times a week.
The CITP is followed by eight
weeks of training in OSI-specific
coursework. Topics include the OSI
organization and mission, ethics,
investigative responsibility and ju-
risdiction, interrogations, military
law, crimes against property and
persons (physical and sexual), liai-
son, the role of investigative experts,
computer crime, forensics, fraud
investigations, environmental crime,
counterintelligence collections and
investigations and force-protection
programs.
Interested applicants can contact
OSI Reserve Affairs for more informa-
tion at (240) 857-0866, DSN 857-0866
or mary.mesa@ogn.af.mil.
To find out more about the Air Force
Office of Special Investigations, visit
public.afosi.amc.af.mil. Follow the
link to "Joining OSI" or "Reserve Af-
fairs" to learn more about becoming
a Reserve agent. For more informa-
tion on FLETC and USAFSIA follow
the link to "Training."
(Courtesy ofAFPC)


Senior Airman Rodr


ISt LI Amanaa -errell
Airman Lee receives the Checkertail Salute Warrior of
the Week award from Brig. Gen. (S) Tod Wolters, 325th
Fighter Wing commander.
Airman Lee managed test, measurement and diagnostic
equipment accounts with zero discrepancies during a 2006 Air
Education and Training Command evaluation. In addition to
producing line replaceable units and filling mission capable
demands, he is his squadron's booster club representative.


^ Golden Bolt Award


Staff Sgt Stacey Haga
Staff Sgt. John Brannon, 95th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew
chief, conducts an aircraft forms document review. He is help-
ing his squadron with administrative work until his arm heals.
Sergeant Brannon won the Golden Bolt Award in July after he
found the Golden Bolt behind an F-15 left main landing gear.


iey Lee
Duty title: Avionics technician
Time on station: One year, seven
months
Time in service: Four years, seven
months
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
Hobbies: Sports
Goals: Complete Community College
of the Air Force courses and earn a
bachelor's degree from Embry-Riddle
Favorite movie: "Belly"
Favorite book: "Manhattan Hunt Club"
by Toni Morrison
Pet Peeves: "Snakes on a Plane" com-
mercials
Proudest moment in the military: My
re-enlistment
The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing
commander program designed to recognize
Tyndall's Warrior of the Week. Supervisors can
nominate individuals via their squadron and
group commanders. Award recipients receive a
certificate, letter from the commander and a one-
day pass.


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MU-2 pilots provide valuable ABM training


What advice would
you give to future NCO
Academy students?

"Come with an open
mind."

TECH SGT. PATRICK NEEDHAM
NCOA student


Congratulations to the 325th
Airborne Control Squadron's
newest airborne battle
managers, class 06-14A,
who graduated Wednesday!


Get your Community
College of the Air Force
information at
afvec.langley.af.mil.


IST LT. JON QUINLAN
325th Air Control Squadron
Nestled in the middle of the Tyndall
flight line next to some of the most so-
phisticated fighters in the world, are eight
white turbo prop Mitsubishi MU-2 flight
training aircraft.
Some may say these aircraft seem
odd parked near the F-22 Raptors or
F-15 Eagles, but the mission of these
MU-2 aircraft and the pilots that fly
them are just as vital to developing
America's Air Dominance.
The MU-2s and the nine retired mili-
tary pilots that fly them provide direct
flying support for the 325th Air Control
Squadron's Air Battle Management
course. These pilots, contracted by Air
1st Aviation Companies, Inc. fly two
missions daily so ABM students get real
world experience controlling aircraft.
"These flights give ABM students
their first look at controlling live air-
craft," said Capt. Art Gerhart, 325th
ACS instructor. "These (MU-2 pilots)
enhance our training by giving us a
stepping stone approach to training."
After ABM students complete exten-
sive simulator training, their next step
is controlling eight MU-2 sorties with a
total of 24 tactical intercepts. Students
also receive one orientation flight in the
MU-2 to see first hand how pilots use the
information that ABMs provide them.
"We simulate F-15 fighter tactics in
the MU-2 even though we are going a
lot slower," said Rich White, Air 1st
chief pilot and retired colonel. "Our
distances are compressed so it's a rela-


1st Lt. Jon Qi
Joe Cannizzo flies the Mitsubishi M
flight training aircraft during an Air B,
Manager training mission.

tively seamless transition."
The shorter distances make the train-
ing and the timing more realistic for
students to help prepare them for high
performance missions. Instructors
from the 325th ACS choose scenarios
for the MU-2 pilots to fly, exposing
students to a variety of formations
and offensive/defensive tactics. Stu-
dents use these training sorties to get
comfortable controlling aircraft, get
experience hearing what tactical mis-
sions will sound like, and practice radio
communication to the pilots. All ABM
students must successfully complete all
eight missions before they start work-
ing with high performance aircraft such
as the F-15 Eagle or F-22 Raptor.
The MU-2 tactical missions simulate a
battle between the "blue" forces, usually
simulating F-15's and the "red" forces,
usually simulating Mig-29's.
The MU-2 pilots are some of the


most experienced pilots on base
with years of experience flying
everything from the F-111, to
the A-10, to the F-15. Seven
are retired Air Force pilots, one
is a retired Navy pilot and one
is a former Marine pilot. All
the pilots have fighter aircraft
experience.
"I love it," said Mr. White on
flying MU-2 missions. "We en-
jinlan joy the job because number one,
it keeps us flying, two, this is a
U-2 mission that most of us did some
battle
time in our military careers and
the mission certainly contributes
to national defense."
The pilots enjoy their job and also
enjoy the aircraft they fly.
"The MU-2 is the right airplane for
this mission," said Joe Cannizzo, Air
1st pilot who is also an Air National
Guard lieutenant colonel at the South-
east Air Defense Sector here. "The
MU-2 is a reliable, rugged, maneu-
verable and economical turbo prop
airplane ... It's just the right mix."
The pilots play a big part in training
new ABMs.
"It is important for us to see how the
controller is handling the intercept and
adjust our communication appropri-
ately," said Mr. Cannizzo. "We don't
want to over task the controller, but
maximize the learning.
Air 1stAviation Companies, Inc. has
provided contracted flight training for
Tyndall AFB since 1998, flying more
than 4,000 flight hours per year.


Chrissy Cuttita


Creating 'airspace'
Airman 1st Class Darryl Rob-
inson, 325th Operations Sup-
port Squadron air traffic con-
trol specialist, runs a scenario
for air field operations officers
training here. At the comput-
er, he works as a supervisor
and stages the environment.
These specialists guide stu-
dents through air traffic con-
trol situations that they may
observe on the flightline.





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Photo courtesy of the 4
An F-22 Raptor from the 43rd Fighter Squadron taxis to the runway during a deployment to Nellis AFB, Nev. The squadron conducted vari
missions and supported the mission employment phase of the Fighter Weapons School.


Raptor commander makes mark, moves


* FROM COMMANDER PAGE 1
here, and his foresight and leadership as
a commander quickly propelled the Rap-
tor program toward combat-readiness.
"One of the key areas Colonel Staple-
ton took the lead on was designing and
developing a training program that
fostered transformational thinking,"


Col. Timothy Merrell, former 325th Operations Grc
es the 43rd Fighter Squadron guidon to Lt. Col. M
gained command of the "American Hornets" in D


said Col. Jeffrey Harrigian, the first
commander of the 43rd FS and the cur-
rent Chief of the Joint Exercise Division
at the NATO Joint Warfare Center in
Stavanger, Norway. "Some of our pilot
meetings required the ability to get folks
to think differently, yet at the same time,
we needed to leverage all the expertise
we had from other
fighter airframes.
Colonel Stapleton
got folks to com-
municate and come
together to build the
underpinning of the
program being ex-
ecuted right now."
Leading a Rap-
tor training unit,
Colonel Stapleton
recognized the
need to consider
LisaNorman every aspect of
oup commander, pass- performance when
ichael Stapleton as he
ecember 2004. engaging a weapon


system that far surpasses anything the
fighter community has tackled before.
"The lessons learned from past fighter
programs, such as the F-15 and F-16,
were used as the foundation for the F-22
program here," said Colonel Stapleton.
A group of experts from the fighter
community offered guidance during
the initial phases of the Raptor training
program. Based on the challenges of
previous fighter weapon systems, the
experts knew that the technology was
going to be great, but it was going to be
unpredictable, said Colonel Stapleton.
"In the early days there was a lot of
consternation about how this aircraft
was going to be flown," he said. "There
was a lot of concern at the higher levels
of the Air Force amongst some of the
general officers about whether or not
we had the right 'sight picture,' so they
spent a lot of time making sure we had
the right picture."
"I can remember sitting in
Gen. Donald Cook's office one day, and


it was during one of those
of concern," said the co
meeting with the former c
Air Education and Trainir
"We were on our way b
Rantor Nation meeting w


-F- ------xx---6---
of Staff of the Air Force, who was our
number one supporter and who gave
us that sight picture."
During the meeting, Colonel Staple-
ton said, the original Raptor cadre was
entrusted with the responsibility to
conduct Raptor training using tactically
sound methods based on their own ex-
periences and past lessons learned.
"That was a huge lesson in leadership
and the ability to take the risks on yourself
as a leader and let your people excel," said
Colonel Stapleton. "Having the latitude to
explore the 'rights and wrongs' of a new
program and a new airplane got us on a
tremendously solid path."
Given the responsibility of turning
a viable Raptor training program into
a force of mission-ready Raptor pilots,


gle instructor in the
43rd FS," he said.
"We're talking


about the future of
air dominance, and the capability to
provide freedom of movement through
any battle space out there for our joint
forces. Judgment was the key, and our
instructor pilots know when they've
pushed the envelope too far, and they
know when it's time to bring it back
home. They also know when to push
the envelope little bit more. They know
better than anyone else because they're
the ones doing it."
As an experienced pilot and a concerned
leader, Colonel Stapleton continuallyjudg-
es situations from the perspective of fel-
low instructor pilots in the squadron. And


FEATURE
Colonel Stapleton and the initial team of
Raptor instructors at the 43rd FS tested
tactics and operating procedures that
had never before been executed.
Operational risk is weighed heav-
ily as pilots continue to create a new
doctrine of tactics and global strike
capabilities specific to the F-22.
"We had to take some risks to find out
how to tactically fly the Raptor," said
Colonel Stapleton. "We had to try new
things, so we took seven weapons offi-
cers from the squadron and put them all
together in a room and started thinking
about tactics nothing was off the table.
Colonel Harrigian was the commander
at the time, and he started by getting
us talking about the benefits of the
airplane. We started talking about the
speed, the sensors and the stealth. We
started to put these ideas under the heat
and pressure of these weapons officers
with really big attitudes about how to
fly fighters, and what came out of that
Swas a totally different dynamic in how
to achieve air dominance."
"The frank discussions of tactics and
the proper employment of the F-22's
weapon systems were critical in the
maturation of not only our pilots and
those in the squadron, but of the entire
43rd Fighter Squadron Raptorprogram," said Colonel Harrigian.
ious training "This approach ensured our folks were
engaged and contributing to the plan, thus
S supporting our effort to build a prepared,
o n cohesive team."
A vision of unrivaled air superior-
;e high levels ity backed by sound
lonel about a judgment guided
commander of Colonel Stapleton's
g Command. training philosophy. "Set the high
ack from the "I trust the judg- those standard
vith the Chief ment of every sin-


sometimes, he said, that's hard to do.
"I feel a little bit of pressure from
the system and a lot of responsibility
to the cost of this aircraft, but then my
allegiance, my heart as a fighter pilot,
is to that captain who's pushing the en-
velope for the Raptor community," he
said. "It's a balance, but at the end of
the day, it's their judgment that carries
them and progress is made."
The trust needed to be a part of the
Raptor community reaches beyond the
squadron's secure vaults and briefing
rooms. Every component of the Rap-
tor mission is a significant link to the
program's success.
"We have worked together on this
program longer than any other pilot
and maintainer at Tyndall," said Chief
Master Sgt. Larry Aderholdt, 43rd Air-
craft Maintenance Unit NCO in charge.
"We respect and have trust and loyalty
for one another. We've shared the same
vision from the start."
Cooperation between operational
units and maintenance units is often
the difference between mission success
and failure.
"Without his trust in my ability to
do what's right, the AMU may not
have seen as many successes as we
have," said Chief Aderholdt. "Colonel
Stapleton has a relationship with the
maintainers on the line. To them, he's
not the 43rd FS commander, he's Lt.
Col. Stapleton, a guy you feel comfort-
able talking to about anything and who


ing edge of that," he said.
His advice for those who continue
to create and carry on the traditions of


the "American
Hornets" is to,
"set the highest
iest standards you can, and demand performance to standards you
rds every day." can, and demand
performance to
LT. COL. MICHAEL STAPLETON those standards
43rd Fighter Squadron commander every day."
"The most


will listen and sincerely care about your
opinions and concerns."
Because of that relationship, said Chief
Aderholdt, the maintainers are dedicated
like no other group of folks he's worked
with in 20 years of service.
The impact Colonel Stapleton has
made on the Raptor community tran-
scends glass cockpits and discussions of
tactical doctrine. He believes in creating
a strong foundation for the training pro-
gram here, and he's enthusiastic about
the future of the Raptor.
"It's a new aircraft a new horizon
- and it's very exciting to be on the lead-


impressive
leadership trait of his is the ability to
communicate and motivate folks,"
said Colonel Harrigian. "Whether it's
a group of fighter pilots or members of
Congress, his communication skills and
passion for the program will make any
American proud."
Raptor training at the 43rd FS will
continue to build upon the contributions
made by Colonel Stapleton.
"The accomplishments of the 43rd
FS under Colonel Stapleton's leadership
have been legendary," said Lt. Col. David
Krumm, incoming commander of the 43rd
FS. "Over the past four years, the chal-


lenges and obstacles of this new weapon
system truly demanded revolutionary vi-
sion and solutions, and Colonel Stapleton
provided both. I am honored to follow
in his footsteps as the commander of the
43rd FS, and I plan to continue to advance
his ideas and concepts for the Raptor and
produce world-class F-22 pilots for the
Combat Air Forces."
The footsteps Colonel Stapleton
leaves behind as commander of the 43rd
FS can be traced back to what's most
important to him.
"There's no way I could do this with-
out my family," said Colonel Stapleton.
"There's no way I could be a part of
something this big without them. It's
not real to me until I go home and tell
my kids and my wife about it it's just
not real to me. And it could be the most
challenging thing in the world, but it
doesn't set in until I share it with them
and they become a part of it ... they've
been fantastic."
Lt. Col. Stapleton will be appointed
as the deputy commander of the 325th
Operations Group following the assump-
tion of command.


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Lisa Norman
Senior Airman James Flemming, an F-22 Raptor crew chief, stands by as
Lt. Col. "Bam Bam" Stapleton reviews the aircraft's computerized main-
tenance log before a Raptor mission.






Gulf Defender


Guu: Guiwc


Aug. 25, 2006


POW/MIA Recognition Day
At 3 p.m. Sept. 14, TyndallAFB will
start the National Prisoners of War/
Missing in Action Recognition Day
Ceremony with a 24-hour vigil run in
Flag Park. This commemoration is set
aside to honor the commitment and the
sacrifices made by this nation's POWs,
MIAs, and their families.
To sign up, contact your first ser-
geant. For more information, contact
Senior Airman Theresa Edmiston at
283-1098.

Remembrance reunion event
Air Forces Northern and the Con-
tinental U.S. NORAD Region 9-11
Remembrance Reunion is scheduled
for 10:30 a.m. Sept.11 at Flag Park.
The event will honor those who served
Sept. 11, 2001, and also recognize ser-
vicemembers who continue to defend the
nation through Operation Noble Eagle.
For more information, visit
www. staf.tyndall.af.mil/911/index.htm
or call 283-8659.

POW/MIA luncheon
The POW/MIA luncheon will be at
11:45 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Enlisted Club.
The cost is $14 for club members and $16
for non-members. The price includes a
commemorative coin. For more informa-
tion, please contact your first sergeant.

RAO here may close soon
The Retirees Activities office may
close soon unless more people vol-
unteer to keep it running. The RAO
provides a source of information for
the retiree community about pay and
entitlements, vehicle registration,
identification cards and more.
Office hours are from 9 a.m. to noon
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Volunteers can work as many or as few
hours per week as they desire. For more
information or to volunteer call 283-
2737, or e-mail rao@tyndall.af.mil.

Heart Link
The next Heart Link is scheduled for
8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the En-
listed Club Classics Lounge. Heart Link
is an orientation about the Air Force
mission and available services that can
benefit every Air Force spouse. There
will be games, skits, and prize drawings


throughout the day. For more informa-
tion or to make reservations, contact the
Family Support Center at 283-4205.

Women's chapel activity
The Protestant Women of the Cha-
pel fall kickoff will be from 9:30 to
11:30 a.m. Sept. 7 at the Spiritual Fit-
ness Building 1476. If you would like to
attend the fellowship or have any ques-
tions contact the Chapel at 283-2925.

Marriage Class
"Seven Habits for Highly Effective
Marriages," is a brown bag lunch-time
class that discusses the core concepts
needed to build a strong, solid founda-
tion for marriage. Classes are held at the
Family Support Center. For information
or to make reservations, call 283-4204.

Spouse Employment Assistance
The Family Support Center mili-
tary family employment specialist
is available from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
every Tuesday and Wednesday at the


FSC. They assist military spouses
with job placement and referrals for
positions in the Panama City area
and register spouses in the workforce
employment system. For more infor-
mation or to make an appointment,
call 283-4204.

Case lot sale
The commissary will have a case
lot sale Sept. 15-17. For more in-
formation, call 283-4825 or go to
www.commissaries.com.

Towel service to end
Air Force fitness centers will discontinue
towel service. Tyndall's Fitness Centerwill
no longer issue towels beginning Oct. 1.

Club membership drive
The annual Air Force Clubs' mem-
bership drive starts Sept. 1 and will end
Nov. 31. To sign up for club member-
ship stop by the Officers' or Enlisted
Club or call them at 283-4357 or 283-
4146, respectively.


Catholic services
Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday,
Chapel Two
Reconciliation, before Saturday
Mass or by appointment
Saturday Mass, 5 p.m.,
Chapel Two
Sunday Mass, 9:30 a.m.,
Chapel Two
Religious Education, 11 a.m.,
Bldg. 1476

Protestant services
Traditional worship service,
9:30 a.m., Chapel One
Contemporary worship
service, 11 a.m., Chapel Two
Wednesday Fellowship,
5 p.m., Chapel Two
(For more information on other
services in the local area, call the
Chaplain's office at 283-2925.)


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Scrappin' happy


Medina Barron gets help from Cheryl Haswell during a "Scrappin' Factory" workshop at Arts and
Crafts CenterAug. 19. Classes are offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. one Saturday a month. The next
two classes are scheduled for Sept. 9 and Oct. 5. For more information or to reserve a seat, call
th Arts and Crafts Center at 283-4511.






Aug. 25,2006


Gulf Defender


Teams play Military World softball


Intramural Sports Standings


CHRISSY CUTTITA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Three Tyndall softball teams
returned from competitive in-
ter-service rivalry with their
heads held up high Sunday.
Airman, Soldiers, Sailors
and Marines from bases around
the world reported to duty on
Frank Brown Park's softball
fields in Panama City Beach
for the U.S. Slow-pitch Softball
Association's Military World
Championship tournament.
Tyndall's Lady Tigers placed
seventh of 15 in the women's
military category, while the
325th Aircraft Maintenance
Squadron Playmakers placed
seventh and 2NQ Nomads placed
ninth of 13 teams in the military
men's intramural category.
"At the Intramural level, the
teams are becoming stronger
and stronger each year," said
John Atkinson, manager of
the 2NQ Nomads, made up of
players who work at a variety
of squadrons around base.
"This is what makes this tour-
nament fun. This allows you
to compete against the Army,
Navy, and Air Force teams in


the world. After the Military
Worlds were completed, the
2NQ Nomads ranked 12th in
the world based on the num-
ber of points earned during
tournament play throughout
the year."
The teams practiced hard
to prepare for this challenge
and fought hard when they
got there.
"Our team looks forward
to this tournament along with
the Air Education and Train-
ing Command Championships
every year," said Daryl Shines,
Lady Tigers coach. "We ac-
complished our goals at AETC
this year and next year we will
work hard to be on top of both
tournaments."
The Nomads started prac-
ticing in January for their
2006 tournament schedule
for the Florida Panhandle and
Alabama area.
"We played against some
exceptionally talented teams in
these tournaments," said Atkin-
son. "Tournaments allow us to
hone our skills and get used to
playing with each other."
When the competition was


about to close, the champion-
ship sponsors instituted a pilot
program for a co-ed division
so the Tyndall "Catheads"
were created on the spot.
"Participants were made
up of players from the Lady
Tigers and members from the
2NQ Nomads," said Atkin-
son. "This team was thrown
together at the last minute and
placed 5th in the Mixed Divi-
sion. We had a heartbreaking
loss in our last game. The
score was 17 to 16, in eleven
innings."
According to managers and
coaches, its all about how you
play the game, not whether
you win or lose.
"The three main ingredients
that make a ballplayer are com-
mitment, loyalty and passion
for the game," said Atkinson.
"The two teams I managed in
the Military Worlds this past
weekend have these outstand-
ing qualities and more. If the
Military Worlds were hap-
pening again this weekend, I
would take these two teams
back with me to battle in the
trenches again."


Team
372nd TRS
AFNORTH
CES
AFCESA
COMM1
MXS1
MSS
53rd WEG
RHS
83rd FWS


Team
CES
AFCESA 1
AMXS4
Test
ACS 2
RED HORSE
AMMO
AFNORTH/
INRD
AMXS 1
SFS
372nd TRS
SVS
83rd FWS 2
Phase 2


Golf
Points Team
72 SFS
70.5 MOS 1
68.5 OSS
65.5 TEST
62.5 MDG
61.5 SVS
58.5 ACS
55 601 2
50 CONS
50 MXS 2


Bowling


Team High Game Scratch
Team High Series Scratch
Team High Game Handicap
Team High Series Handicap
High Male Game Scratch
High Male Series Scratch
High Male Game Handicap
High Male Series Handicap
High Female Game Scratch
High Female Series Scratch
High Female Game Handicap
High Female Series Handicap


Team
ACS 1
CONS
CS 2
MDG
AFCESA 2
DS2
MSS
CS1
AFNORTH 3
AMXS2
83rd FWS 1
AMXS 43
MOS
AFNORTH 1
Bye

AFCESA
AFNORTH1
Phase 1
SVS
Steve Murphy
Ken Young
Robert Gullet
Sparky Sparks
Jody Forcha
Chong Dodson
Angie Woods
Renee Powell


Bowling championship games to start


Tyndall's Raptor Lanes begins its fifth annual
base bowling championship Sept. 2.
The purpose of the tournament games is to select
the Tyndall representatives for the Raptor Lanes
Base Team.
To be eligible for
the base Team, bowl-
ers must be a member
of the Thursday Night
Intramural League and
have bowled 21 games
in the league.
Four males and two
females will be se-
lected.
There will be four
separate tournament
games held Sept. 2,
Oct. 15, Nov. 12 and Dec. 16.
Championship winners must bowl in at least
three of the tournaments. Those having the highest
cumulative pin count for 18 games during these


tournament games will be selected for the base
team.
If a bowler participates in all four tournament
games, the bowler will be allowed to drop the
lowest set.
The bowling tour-
nament is conducted
under the authority
of and sanctioned
by the U.S. Bowling
Congress. All appli-
cable USBC rules
will govern this tour-
nament. All entrants
must be members
of the Panama City
USBC.
Results will be
posted at Raptor Lanes.
For a list of rules, to sign up or to obtain more
information, call Raptor Lanes at 283-2380.
(Courtesy of Raptor Lanes)


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CGOC hosts Tynman Triathlon/ Duathlon

The Tyndall Company Grade Officers' Council is sponsoring the Tynman
Triathlon/Duathlon Sept. 16. Race sign-in starts at 6:30 a.m., and the race
begins at 8 a.m. at Eagle Drive in base housing here
There are two options for entry:
Sprint triathlon: 600-meter swim, 12-mile bike, 3-mile run
Duathlon: 1.1-Mile run, 12-mile bike, 3-mile run
Registration is available online at www.active.com
For more information, call 283-2060.


)all


coach.


For more
information,
contact
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* FROM ILO PAGE 9
are performing nontraditional
missions to provide temporary
augmentation. ILO training is
designed to develop a population
of Airmen who are combat-ready
and able to fulfill duties outside
their normal Air Force specialty.
"I'm extremely grateful for our
high-caliberAirmen who have tak-
en on the challenges of ILO train-
ing," said Col. Scott Schafer, vice
commander at 2nd Air Force.
"I have been told on more than
one occasion 'Thank you' because
the Air Force is stepping up to fill
position for the Army," Captain
Hunnicutt said. "It means that Sol-
diers can have more time with their
families before that next rotation."
Colonel Schafer expressed his
gratitude at a picnic held for the
Airmen and their families. He
thanked the families for their sup-
port and prayers "because without


them, the Airmen couldn't have
successfully accomplished the
training," he said.
Col Schafer challenged the grad-
uates, who came together from 50
bases, to continue the partnership
that was forged four years ago be-
tween the U.S. and Afghanistan.
"Airmen join hands with Army
embedded training teams and
work with the new Afghan Na-
tional Army to come together
to rebuild that country," he said.
"I can't think of a greater, more
exciting challenge that you have
before you to be part of history,
to be part of helping Afghani-
stancome to see that freedom that
they've never seen before."
The four-week course included
theater immersion training activi-
ties such as individual movement
techniques, mounted combat pa-
trols, improvised explosion device
identification training, and combat


lifesaver training. The course also
included support missions exercises,
night-firing weapons training, base
defense training and combat tactics
exercises.
Major Frye said the training also
included a five-day field training
exercise for convoy operations.
She said the training incorporated
relevant scenarios geared toward
experiences and expected situations
in current deployed environments.
"The most important thing we
gained from our experience here
was to be comfortable with carry-
ing and firing a loaded weapon,"
Major Frye said. "Everyone got a
lot more comfortable with (his or
her) M-16 and M-9."
"The Army is happy to have us
here and the Airmen are eager to
learn and get into the fight," Cap-
tain Hunnicutt said.
(Contributed by 325th Fighter
Wing Public Affairs)


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AAFES offers uniform purchase online


DALLAS With the latest
edition to the Exchange Online
Store, busy troops can now as-
semble their uniforms with just
a few clicks of the mouse.
The virtual exchange's new
"Uniform Ready-to-Wear" site
makes it easy to complete uni-
form orders through one easy-
to-use Web site. The final prod-
uct is shipped to the Soldier or
Airmen's door, ready to wear
right out of the box, with no
assembly required.
ACUs and BDUs can be or-
dered along with add-on items
such as boots, belts, t-shirts
and socks. For a small fee a
local alterations contractor
will even attach all nametapes,
rank, insignia, badges and
patches on BDUs before they
are mailed.
"This is the most convenient
way for an Airman or officer to
purchase a set of BDUs," said
Maj. Brian Schooley, Army and
Air Force Exchange Service Air
Force military clothing program
manager. "The uniform is deliv-


ered directly to
the mailbox and
once the local
command patch
is attached the
uniform is ready
to wear."
Operational
since July 24, the
"Uniform Ready-
to-Wear" site
may be accessed
by logging on to
www.aafes.com.
From there,
military service
members need
to click shop by
department and
select "Mili-
tary Uniforms
Ready-to-Wear"
to begin creat- AAFES' onl
ing their custom the opportu
uniform. the "Unifor
"This is a great opportunity
for active and Reserve Soldiers
in remote locations to purchase
their ACUs," said Maj. Lula
Hart-Evans, AAFES Army mili-


AAFES
ine Web site gives members
nity to order by number using
m Ready-to-Wear feature.
tary clothing program man-
ager. "Assembling a complete
uniform is now as simple as
using a pull down menu."
(Courtesy ofAAFES)


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Senior Airman Shannon Van Wagner, 325th MDG aerospace medical technician, helps
Maj. Thomas Toffoli, 325th MDG flight surgeon, adjust an oxygen mask to get a proper seal.


Flight medicine keeps aircrew healthy


SENIORAIRMAN SARAH McDowELL
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
(Editor's note: This is the
second story in the three-part
feature series highlighting the
325th Medical Group 's women 's
health clinic, flight medicine and
family practice.)
Whenever something breaks,
such as an aircraft, there is some-
one standing by ready and able to
fix it. But, what happens if those
who fly the aircraft "break?"
Keeping these men and women
flying is a critical task, and that's
when the 325th Medical Group's
Flight Medicine steps in.
"Our goal is to keep fliers
flying and ensure they are physi-


cally capable of doing their job
safely," said Maj. Darin Gun-
ninck, 325thAeromedical Dental
Squadron nurse manager.
The flight provides medi-
cal support for Tyndall's 325th
Fighter Wing and tenant units.
"We go over their records
with a fine toothed comb,' said
Dr. (Maj.) Manoj Ravi, a flight
surgeon with the 325th Aero-
medical-Dental Squadron. "We
have to adhere to very stringent
standards in the Air Force in-
struction."
With a staff of only four flight
surgeons for a population of
about 1,600 patients, practicing
flight medicine is a job that can


be demanding, but it appears that
the folks at Tyndall do it well.
As in other shops, even "ordi-
nary" tasks such as deployments
can make the job even more dif-
ficult.
"As with everybody else in-
volved in the war on terror, we
have been affected by deploy-
ments this year," said Major
Gunnink. "What is unique to us,
is that we had two flight surgeons
deployed this year, and one had a
permanent change of station which
left us with only two doctors for
nine months out of the year."
The doctors may incur these
challenges, but when it comes
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* FROM FLIGHT PAGE 18
to their patients, they study the chal-
lenges of the unique work environ-
ment.
To help the doctor further un-
derstand the stresses and strains
students experience in the cockpit,
flight doctors fly once a month. They
also review the aircraft' heads up
display tapes to further familiarize
themselves.
"We fly with the pilots to see what
they go through and frankly, I can tell
you, it's like being in a boxing match,"
he said. "It's hard work. Not only do
they have to manage the G-forces,
they have to maintain an optimum


level of situational awareness as they
fly and fight. They have to process a
lot of information in a short time, so
it's critical they don't get fixated on
one element of flight or distracted by
outside concerns."
He said once an issue, whether
physical or mental, is discovered, a
thorough assessment is conducted
and a course of action involving the
appropriate officials is determined.
"A minor ache on the ground can
become a significant issue in the air,"
he said. "We have to be aware of any
little thing that can throw off a pilot's
fitness level."
Major Ravi said his interaction with


students can either be formal, through
office visits, or informal, through vis-
its to the fighter squadrons. Referrals
are another source of information,
though the major said that referrals
don't often happen here.
"We hang out at the operations desk
and as the fliers get more comfortable
with you, they'll ask questions. We
try to address the minor issues at the
squadron."
The doctor said the two favorite
parts of his job are the flying and work-
ing with the instructors and students.
"Fighter pilots have some inherent
characteristics that make them suc-
cessful," Major Ravi said. "They are


extremely intelligent and good at mul-
titasking. They never do anything half
way, no matter the task, so we have to
watch out that they don't oversaturate
themselves."
Also during their squadron visits,
they are not only interacting with
instructors and students, they are as-
sessing the overall occupational envi-
ronment to ensure it is "conducive to
operational effectiveness," according
to the major.
"Pilots live to fly and fight," the
doctor said. "They want to be healthy
and they want to fly, and you're help-
ing them achieve that goal, it's a great
feeling."


Tricare helps customers understand


allowable charges with Web site


FALLS CHURCH, Va. Tricare Management
Activity posted its allowable charges on an easy-to-
use Web site.
The cost of medical care varies widely across the
country, and neither hospitals nor doctors' offices usu-
ally post their charges for various procedures.
That makes it hard for patients to judge if they're
being charged a reasonable amount for operations or
examinations. By making its maximum allowable
charges easily available to the public, Tricare's intent
is to level the playing field a little between medical
service providers and users.
"We have a responsibility to help educate the public
on health care issues," said William Winkenwerder, Jr.,
assistant secretary of defense (health affairs.) "With
medical costs continuing to spiral upward, the more the
consumer knows the better. This information could be
especially useful for people with no insurance, who may
be able to negotiate pricing with their physicians."
The new Web site shows the Tricare Maximum al-
lowable charge tables, listing the most frequently used


procedures, more than 300 of them, and the amount
Tricare is legally allowed to pay for them. These
charges are tied to Medicare allowable charges, ef-
fectively making them a federal standard for health
care costs.
Tricare figures the allowable charge from all
professional (non-institutional) providers' bills
nationwide, with adjustments for specific localities,
over the previous year. A claims processor can tell
a provider the allowable charge amount for specific
services or procedures and now, anyone can see the
charges on the new Web site.
The rate table uses the Healthcare Common Proce-
dure Coding System. The charges in this table don't
reflect discounts regional contractors may negotiate
with Tricare network providers, so they may differ
from the amounts shown on TRICARE beneficiaries'
explanation of benefits.
The Tricare allowable charges are listed on line at
www.tricare.osd.mil/allowablecharges.
(Courtesy of Tricare)


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Tyndall AFB AAFES Labor Day

weekend holiday hours


Facility
Alterations
Anthony's
Barber
Barber (flightline)
Beauty shop
Cell n' Accessories
Charley's
Class Six
Cool Beanz Coffee
Dry cleaners
Felix Lake
GNC
Main store
MCSS
Optical shop
Robin Hood
Service station
Shoal point


Saturday
closed
11 a.m. 5
9 a.m. 5 p.
closed
10 a.m. 8
9:30 a.m. 5


Sunday


p.m.
.m.


p.m.
:30 p.m.


11 a.m. 5 p.m.
8 a.m. 10 p.m.
closed
closed
6 a.m. 9 p.m.
9 a.m. 6 p.m.
9 a.m. 7 p.m.
9 a.m. 4 p.m.
9:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
closed
9 a.m. 5 p.m.
11 a.m. 6 p.m.


closed
11 a.m.
11 a.m.
closed
closed
closed


- 4 p.m.
-4 p.m.


closed
10 a.m. 6 p.m.
closed
closed
6 a.m. 9 p.m.
10 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
10 a.m. 5 p.m.
closed
closed
closed
closed
11 a.m. 6 p.m.


Monday
closed
11 a.m. 4 p.m.
closed
closed
closed
closed
closed
10 a.m. 5 p.m.
closed
closed
6 a.m. 9 p.m.
10 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
10 a.m. 5 p.m.
closed
closed
closed
closed
closed


Commissary
Burger King


Other Base Facilities
9 a.m. 6 p.m. 10 a.m. 5 p.m.
7 a.m. 8 p.m. 10 a.m. 5 p.m.


closed
closed


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Aug. 25, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 1 Vol. 65, No. 33 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts Aug. 25, 2006 Trust, Teamwork, Training In Brief Inside Tyndall announces colo nel promotions ... PAGE 6 Security Forces addresses gate security ... PAGE 9 Flight Medicine supports aircrew here ... PAGE 18 Facilities list Labor Day holiday hours ... PAGE 21 Assumption of Com mand The 43rd Fighter Squadron Assumption of Command Ceremony will be held at 3:43 p.m. today in the 43rd FS han gar, Bldg. 290. Lt. Col. David Krumm will assume command from Lt. Col. Michael Stapleton. TAAA Party Tyndall’s Active Air men’s Association’s in augural Summer Bash is planned for all E-1s to E-4s Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Enlisted Club. Home buying class The Family Support Center will offer a basic home buying class from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday in Bldg. 743. Class size is limited. To make a reservation, call the FSC at 283-4204. Lisa Norman A memorable moment during his command, Lt. Col. Michael Stapleton, 43rd Fighter Squadron com mander, greets Gen. (Ret.) John Jumper, former Air Force Chief of Staff, after completing the general’s Tradition begins 1ST LT. AMANDA FERRELL 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The commander of the 43rd Fighter Squadron will relin quish command today after devoting years of leadership and dedication to the “Ameri can Hornets.” Lt. Col. Michael Stapleton, commander of the 43rd Fighter Squadron, and a member of the original Raptor Formal Training Unit cadre, has been involved with Raptor training at the 43rd FS since its reacti vation in 2002 here. The 43rd FS is creating a legacy of air dominance, and those contributing range from fighter weapons officers to maintenance crew chiefs, said Colonel Stapleton. “Our people are amazing,” he said. “I am continually impressed with the kind of Americans who raise their hand and say, ‘I want to defend this country,’ and then come and join the ranks of the blue Air Force.” Maintaining a training squad ron is clearly a team effort, but leading the way in transformat into a fully operational and mission-ready force of Raptors was no easy task. “There have been a lot of struggles,” said Colonel Sta pleton. “Early in a weapon system development program its common to run into things that weren’t expected. It’s happened with every weapon system we have ever built. But at the end of the day, our folks – our team – bonded together and found ways to overcome challenges and we delivered exactly what the Air Force needed and then some.” When initial operational capability was determined, and the number of capable pilots was evaluated, the 43rd FS had produced 125 percent of what the Air Force asked for, and we did it with half the resources we were expected to do it with, said Colonel Stapleton. “The difference was the blood, sweat and tears of our made,” he said. Colonel Stapleton com mends those committed to the success of the Raptor program • SEE COMMANDER PAGE 12

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Page 2 Gulf Defender Aug. 25, 2006 Brig. Gen. (S) Tod Wolters.......................325th FW commander Maj. Susan A. Romano...............chief, 325th FW public affairs Chrissy Cuttita..................................chief, internal information 1st Lt. Amanda Ferrell..............................................staff writer Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga....................................................editor Gulf Defender Editorial Staff way connected with the U.S. Air Force, under exclusive written contract with Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. This civilian enterprise Air Force newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. military services. Contents of the Gulf Defender partment of Defense or Department of the Air Force. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts and supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the DOD, the Department of the Air Force or the Panama City News Herald of the products or services advertised. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital purchaser, user or patron. Editorial content is edited, prepared and provided by the 325th Fighter Wing noted. The deadline for article submissions to the Gulf Defender is 4 p.m. Friday, prior to the week of publication unless otherwise noted. Articles must be typed and double-spaced, preferably on a 3.5-inch disc. Stories should be submitted di FW/PAI, 445 Suwannee Ave., Tyndall AFB, FL, 32403-5425 or e-mailed to edi tor@tyndall.af.mil. Public affairs staff members edit all material for accuracy, brevity, clarity, conformity to regulations and journalistic style. The delivery of the Gulf Defender to Tyndall base housing sections is provided by the Panama City News Herald. For more information, or to advertise in the newspaper, call (850) 747-5000. ON THE STREET What is the most important item to take on deployment? Identify this ... Can you identify this ob ject? If so, send an e-mail to editor@tyndall.af.mil with “Identify this” in the sub ject line. Three correct en tries will be chosen at ran dom and drawn from a hat The prize can be claimed at the Public Affairs of Maintenance Unit crew chief, correctly guessed as a grounding point on lations, Airman Smith. Come claim your prize! Heads up Chrissy Cuttita world competed in the three-day tournament, including three “ Baby powder helps keep you dry. You sweat less. ” SENIOR AIRMAN CIARA ROBINSON 325th Medical Support Squadron “Depending on where I am go ing, personal protective equip ment is important.”MASTER SGT. JOHN BLACKBURN 325th Air Control Squadron “I haven’t deployed yet, but I’d need extra clean socks.”2ND LT. LEE WHITTEN 325th Air Control Squadron “ Dirt always gets under your nails and caked on your face so I would need baby wipes. ” SENIOR AIRMAN KATIE PINGEL 325th Air Control Squadron

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Aug. 25, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 3 Action Line Call 283-2255 BRIG. GEN. (S) TOD WOL TERS 325th Fighter Wing commander The Action Line is your direct line to me. It is one way to make Tyndall a better place to work and live. The goal is to provide you with an accurate, timely response. You must leave your name, phone number or address to receive a response. Questions or comments of general interest will be published in this forum. This avenue should only be used after coordinating problems or concerns sergeants or facility managers. sponse or you are unable to resolve the problem, call me at 283-2255. For fraud, waste and abuse calls, you should talk to the 325th Fighter Wing Inspector General’s Office, 283-4646. Calls concerning energy abuse should be referred to the energy hot line, 283-3995. Below are more phone numbers that help you in resolving any issues with a base agency. MEO Thank you for helping me improve Tyndall and I look forward to hearing from you. COMMENTARYLT. COL. KEVIN MURRAY 2nd Fighter Squadron Commander All of us, at one time or another, has had someone ask us why we joined the Air Force, or why we con tinue to serve. There are a lot of different answers to this question, and probably no wrong answers. Each of us has our own reasons. I think it’s important that each of us spend some time thinking about those reasons so we can easily articulate them to someone the next time we are asked the question, “Why do you serve?” A well thought out explanation of the reasons why you joined the Air Force, and more importantly, why you continue to serve, may provide motivation to that person to also submit that if you truly understand the reasons why you serve, it will help you to serve better. in combat or combat support? Are you training others the military. Some may have joined out of a sense of patriotism, a feeling that it is their duty to serve their country by joining the military and being prepared to defend the country and its principles. This patriotic feeling and desire to help one’s country was very evident after the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a large wave of people joining the military, and continues today with the ongoing global war on terrorism. Or maybe others joined the Air Force to take advantage of the great education opportunities the military offers, both in technical training and under graduate and graduate degrees. Perhaps there was a desire to live in and travel to new places and countries, and do something new and exciting. It’s even possible that some joined because they had nothing else to do, had no real direction in life, or joining the military seemed like a good way these, or several other reasons, that led you to join the Air Force. I joined the Air Force in 1987. To be very honest, my prime reason for joining was because I wanted our country was founded upon that we continue to Force from a patriotic perspective or think it was my patriotic duty. While I felt it was important to serve I have been very fortunate that my 19-year Air Force career provided the training and the opportunity to do something I enjoy very much. But if you asked me today why I continue to serve My reasons have evolved over the years, as I suspect the trigger that got me into the Air Force, but along the way, I discovered several other things that I can do to serve my country. First, I continue to serve because I do want to defend my country and the ideas upon which it was founded. The freedom we enjoy cannot be taken for granted and it must be earned every day. My squadron is a training-coded unit, not a com combat. My mission here is to produce near combat ready F-15 Wingmen for the Combat Air Forces, so I serve my country by providing highly-trained individuals who will deploy to combat. I also continue to serve because I enjoy the chal lenging environment of the Air Force. I enjoy tack ling a problem or obstacle, identifying a solution to the problem, and then executing the course of action to accomplish the mission. I’ve found that service is much more than just do ing my job as an F-15 instructor pilot, I also serve by providing the Airmen in my command the opportu nity and the motivation to reach their full potential. I do this by providing a good leadership example, and then providing them the opportunity and the responsibility to be a leader themselves. I also mentor them. I encourage them to pursue educational opportunities, both professional and academic. I counsel them when they have problems, and I praise them when they do well. I help instill the values of integrity, service and excellence. I en courage them to get involved in their community, to volunteer and to be a good ambassador for the Air Force and the U.S. If I can motivate Airmen to become leaders, to bet ter themselves through education and to demonstrate our service’s core values, then I have done something to serve my country. If I can help Airmen who are going down the wrong path correct their problems, become productive in their jobs, and be responsible people with good character in the Air Force and in their community, then I have served my country. And when those Airmen mentor and motivate someone else to reach their potential, then I have served my country. I owe the Air Force a lot. It has given me great technical training with many leadership and manage ment skills as a bonus. The great thing about those skills is that I get to take them with me when I leave not only the next generation of Airmen, but the next generation of Americans. serve, which is to help provide a safe and free world for my children to grow up in and realize their own potential. I will continue to serve my family, my community and my country long after I retire. So take a few minutes to think about why you joined the Air Force, and why you serve today. Keep in mind the perspective that service is not just doing develop their leadership traits, core values and good moral character. Motivating others to reach their full potential in whatever they do, whether they wear a uniform or not, is truly a service to your country. How Airmen view serving their country impacts career

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Page 4 Gulf Defender Aug. 25, 2006 An Airman and his girlfriend return home from a bar and they both had a few drinks. Their conversation turns sour and leads to an argument, which The police are called and the two are separated. Charges are pressed and the Airman is hauled into court. Feeling ashamed and apologetic for the altercation, he pleads guilty to simple assault, which is a misde meanor. He may have just unintentionally ended his military career by commit ting even a minor act of domestic vio lence or by pleading guilty to simple assault, which in this case, was a crime of domestic violence. An extreme result? Perhaps. Some thing you need to be aware of? Abso lutely. Because the law states anyone who has been convicted of a domestic vio lence offense cannot carry a weapon, a convicted Airman may be forced to leave the service. mestic violence as the use or attempt ed use of physical force or threatened use of a deadly weapon against a current or former spouse, a parent, a child or with whom one is cohabitating. Additionally, the Laut enberg Amendment, a 1996 change to the Gun Control Act, states that anyone who has been convicted of a domestic violence offense is prohibited from possess This law affects members who may carry a weapon, and supervisors who issue those weapons. Convicted persons would be no longer eligible to train deployments requiring pos session of small arms. If a Airman needs to qualify to domestic violence will be withdrawn. The Airman may be reassigned discharged. Additionally, they will be forced to give up any privately owned Going through a fully litigated crimi nal case isn’t the only way to be con victed of a crime. Pleading guilty or no contest (“nolo contendre”) to a crime of domestic violence counts just as much, and will result in the same loss of rights under the Gun Control Act. The best way to avoid trouble un der the law is to not commit acts of Domestic turmoil should be resolved through counseling or other channels, such as the chaplain and life skills. If you are being charged with an act of domestic violence, understand guilty or no contest can have on your military career. Always talk to the Area Defense Counsel or civilian attorney before you make a decision that could end your career. ( ) Domestic violence conviction can shatter military career

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Page 6 Gulf Defender Aug. 25, 2006 Congratulations to Tyndall’s newest colonel selects!Craig Hall 325th MXG Douglas Howard 325th MDOS Alan Lake 325th MSG James Riemens Van Laare 325th OG Raymond Sable AFCESA Michael Stapleton 43rd FS ( ) RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – The Air Force will add the Selective Reenlist ment and Career Job Reservation programs to the virtual Military Personnel Flight, furthering Personnel Services Delivery Transformation. Beginning Sept. 1, the automated SRP process will e-mail commanders a monthly roster notify ing them of their Airmen projected for reenlist ment. Commanders can choose whether or not to make Airmen ineligible for reenlistment based on quality force standards. Upon processing of the subsequent month roster, those Airmen who meet the requirements will automatically be made eligible for reenlistment. Thirty days after the commander receives the SRP roster, provided Airmen remain eligible, the system will automatically request a CJR for Airmen in the first month of their CJR eligibil ity window (35th month for four-year enlistees, 59th month for six-year enlistees) in their con trol Air Force Specialty Code. Airmen eligible for a CJR who are in a constrained career field will be placed on the CJR waiting list. Those who are initially deemed ineligible for reenlist ment will continue to be reviewed monthly to determine if they become eligible, at which time the system will request a CJR or place the member on the CJR waiting list. “Making the CJR application process au tomatic relieves a good deal of stress for the member, supervisors and commanders,” said Master Sgt. Travis Fritts, 325th Services Squad ron first sergeant and 325th Fighter Wing career assistance advisor. “No longer will you have to worry if the paperwork ‘went through’ or if the member made the cut-off.” Airmen in a constrained AFSC who end up on the CJR waiting list will be able to track the status of their CJR request via a vMPF link. The link will also provide a CJR expiration date for Airmen who receive a CJR. “The automation of the CJR process means Airmen will be reviewed as soon as they become eligible,” said Capt. Jay Johnson, chief of the future operations integration branch at the Air Force Personnel Center here. “However, supervi sors must still understand the program so they can convey to Airmen how the process works or where to go for additional assistance. As always, the professionals in the Air Force Contact Center will be standing by to assist if needed.” Airmen still have a large responsibility in the process. “The automatic application doesn’t relieve the member from following up to decide his or her best career option, said Sergeant Fritts. “That’s an automatic application, not automatic approval; big difference.” “This move will greatly improve the process for the majority of CJR applications across the Air Force,” said Tech. Sgt. Catrina Baskin, noncommissioned officer in charge of Air Force Reenlistments. “However, Airmen will still need to request a CJR through their base military per sonnel flight if they desire one in their secondary AFSC or for other special circumstances, such as exceptions to policy.” For more information on either program, contact the Air Force Contact Center at (800) 616-3775 (Op tion 1,1,2), (210) 565-5000, or DSN 665-5000. ( Affairs ) Air Force Personnel Center adds SRP, CJR to virtual MPF

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Aug. 25, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 7 RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFPN) – The Air Force is joining the Internet’s largest social networking site and entered the Monday. With close to 98 million registered users, MySpace.com is an ideal venue for the Air Force to connect with potential recruits and promote aware ness for its up-and-coming documentary-style ad campaign “Do Something Amazing.” As the third most popular Web site, MySpace reaches 49 percent of all Internet users between the ages of 18 to 24. The site’s users can chat with old friends, make new friends and post blogs, photos and “In order to reach young men and women to day, we need to be in tune and engaged in their circles,” said Col. Brian Madtes, Air Force Recruit ing Service’s Strategic Communications director. “MySpace.com is a great way to get the word out to the public about the amazing things people are doing in the Air Force.” behind-the-scenes look at the extraordinary things Airmen accomplish every day. They will also have the opportunity to vote on which commercial will kick off the “Do Something Amazing” advertising campaign. The one with the most votes will air Sept. 18 during the FOX network’s TV show, “Prison Break.” In addition to the 30-second commercials, users will sonal, unscripted interviews from Airmen in today’s Air Force. MySpace users can also become “friends” of the Air Force, download wallpaper and post messages about what else they would like to see in the ad campaign. Following the Sept. 18 commercial premiere, Inter net users will be able to go to the DoSomethingAmaz ing.com Web site where they can view more than 100 videos of Airmen in action. ( Affair s) Air Force launches

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Page 8 Gulf Defender Aug. 25, 2006 Up, and away Staff Sgt. Brandon rity Forces combat arms instructor, raises the range before M-9 training starts Monday serves as a reminder to personnel, driving or walking by, that live No one is allowed to go behind the range at this time. Chrissy CuttitaSTAFF SGT. JEREMY LARLEE Air Force Print News SAN ANTONIO (AFPN) – A nonprofit organization’s Web site is letting people pay tribute to Air Force heroes. A section in the Air Force Memo rial Foundation’s Web site, titled Air Force Heroes, allows people to honor an Airman with a paragraph about what makes them extraordinary. With the Air Force memorial scheduled to open in the mid-Octo ber, the Web site is a great resource for people to prepare for the open ing, said Maj. Kimberly Tebrugge, a public affairs officer for the 60th Air Force Anniversary Office. “It is a great opportunity for people to see those who may have slipped through the cracks in regards to recognition,” Major Tebrugge said. Major Tebrugge thinks the Web New national Air Force memorial Web site honors veteran Airmen site has been underused because it is new and not many people know about it. “It is very important to recognize the proud heritage we have and the sacrifices and contributions of those who pioneered ahead of us,” she said. “It makes you proud to see a collective representation of the similar values that we all share as Airmen and how they are displayed in different ways.” People interested in posting a tribute, or browsing the tributes that have already been posted, can visit the Web site at www.airforcememo rial.org/heroes. ( )

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Aug. 25, 2006 Gulf Defender CHRISSY CUTTITA 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Since 9/11, security at Air Force base gates has continued to be “beefed up” like the newly constructed Sabre Gate here. “Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explo sive Devices are a real threat to any installation and are frequently used by terrorists,” said Capt. Michael Bernatt, 325th Security Forces Squadron opera to disable any vehicle attempting unauthorized access to the installation protection.” DoD installations installed spikes and other barriers at their gates for this reason. “Many terrorist attacks utilized ve hicles, so the spikes were put in place to stop vehicles from forcibly entering the base and to prevent people from entering Sabre Gate the wrong way,” said 2nd Lt. Vernon Frazier, 325th SFS Adding the extra precaution helps more smoothly and conveniently. At Tyndall, posts were installed at Security Forces cautions motorists entering, exiting gate the main gate to provide the DoD rec going into and out of base. During the reconstruction of the Sabre Gate, similar posts and spike stripes were installed simultaneously. With the added obstacles at the gates, Security Forces is urging motor ists to drive carefully when entering and exiting the base. “The signs posted at the exit to some motorists may need to drive even slower to prevent rubbing spikes on the underside of their vehicles,” said Captain Bernatt. “We coordinated with 325th Civil Engineering Squadron and the spikes are Department of Trans portation compliant and safe.” After a survey done of motorists exiting the gate, the 325th SFS found that drivers speeding in excess of the limit had problems with spikes rub bing their vehicles’ undercarriage. “When a vehicle exiting the base drives over the spike strip, it lowers into the ground, allowing the vehicle to pass without incident,” said Master Sgt. John Kelley, 325th SFS installation security NCO in charge. “If a vehicle passes over the spikes going too fast, the vehicle suspension doesn’t have time to adjust to the compression of going over a speed bump. This causes the spikes to rub on the undercarriage.” The bottom line is that while Tyn dall is working hard at protecting its gates, its personnel need to be aware of security precautions, take heed and patiently work with Security Forces. “We are asking motorists to drive A vehicle passes over the spike strip whie exiting the Sabre Gate. press the strip into the road. Chrissy Cuttita Airmen join services in combat training before deployment • SEE ILO PAGE 16 During Theater Immersion training at fantry Battalion, London, Ky., listens as a contract interpreter Kadhim Al-Sari, Bas rah, Iraq, talks to contractor Heza Yousify, Baghdad, Iraq, explaining to him why the military are here and why they cannot en ter into the base’s Entry Control Point on the military how to operate in a Forward Operating Base. Kemberly Groue safely,” said Captain Bernatt. “Do not attempt to swerve around the strips or drive over the strips at an angle. Driv ing over the spikes strips at an angle or backing up over them will result in damage to the vehicles. If you have lowered your vehicle or you know your vehicle sits lower to the ground then we are asking drivers to slow down and be extremely careful while driving over the spikes.” KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFPN) – Tyndall has sent 18 Airmen to attend Army ground combat skills training, preparing them for operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom deployments. The Airmen require the training because they will be assigned duties outside their normal Air Force specialties. In the near-term, these numbers are ex pected to increase substantially. One Tyndall Airman, Capt. J. Elaine Hunnicutt from the 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, is un dergoing this training now. get acclimated to the Army customs and way of life,” she said. “I have no doubt that the Airman that leave here will leave with a greater sense of the threats that await us abroad and a higher level of comfort for the equipment and weapons that we deploy with.” The aim of ILO training is to prepare Airmen for nontraditional combat environments in support of the combatant commanders’ requirements where Airmen are deployed to assist Army personnel. Second Air Force wants to support all Airmen engaged in this enhanced, realistic training and address their current and future service needs. here,” said Maj. Brenda Frye, support team command er. “We (divided) into an Army company, platoon and squad. For a squad you (have) a driver, a combat life saver, two gunners and a troop commander. You learn how to work with all those people. Our Airmen have stepped up and done a really good job out here.” you have,” said Captain Hunnicutt. “The Soldiers live a hard life. There is reason for that, they are put Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley tasked 2nd Air Force to manage the oversight of Airmen throughout their training cycle for “in-lieu-of” taskings and individual augmentee taskings to the United States team to graduate since that tasking. Tech. Sgt. Alphonso Smith, a readiness NCO at Brooks City Base, San Antonio, said he advises Air men to be mentally and physically prepared before entering ILO training. “The Army believes in repetition, so that (a procedure) is embedded,” Sergeant Smith said. “When a grenade goes off, it’s second nature for you to know exactly what to do.” Under ILO taskings, Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers and Marines from a cross-section of military specialties

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Page 10 Gulf Defender Aug. 25, 2006 The Gulf Defender is pub lished for people like Senior Airman weapons director. Senior Airman Rodney Lee The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing commander program designed to recognize Tyndall’s Warrior of the Week. Supervisors can nominate individuals via their squadron and group commanders. Award recipients receive a day pass.1st Lt. Amanda Ferrell Airman Lee managed test, measurement and diagnostic equipment accounts with zero discrepancies during a 2006 Air Education and Training Command evaluation. In addition to demands, he is his squadron’s booster club representative. Duty title: Avionics technician Time on station: One year, seven months Time in service: Four years, seven months Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas Hobbies: Sports Goals: Complete Community College of the Air Force courses and earn a bachelor’s degree from Embry-Riddle Favorite movie: “Belly” Favorite book: “Manhattan Hunt Club” by Toni Morrison Pet Peeves: “Snakes on a Plane” com mercials Proudest moment in the military: My re-enlistment Golden Bolt Award Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga chief, conducts an aircraft forms document review. He is help ing his squadron with administrative work until his arm heals. Sergeant Brannon won the Golden Bolt Award in July after he proximately 40 command Reserve individual mobilization augmentee E-5 and E-6 special agent positions. Staff and technical sergeants from any career field – current reservists and Airmen leaving active duty – can apply. Accepted applicants will be sent to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the Air Force Special In vestigations Academy, both in Glynco, Ga., for special agent training. New OSI special agent recruits begin training at FLETC with an 11-week course called the Criminal Investigator Training Program. It is attended by trainees from almost all federal investigative agencies. The CITP provides basic investi gative training in law, interviewing, informants, defensive tactics, emer gency driving, evidence processing, firearms, search and seizure, arrest techniques, report writing, testify ing and surveillance. Students par ticipate in physical training several times a week. The CITP is followed by eight weeks of training in OSI-specific coursework. Topics include the OSI organization and mission, ethics, investigative responsibility and ju risdiction, interrogations, military law, crimes against property and persons (physical and sexual), liai son, the role of investigative experts, computer crime, forensics, fraud investigations, environmental crime, counterintelligence collections and investigations and force-protection programs. Interested applicants can contact OSI Reserve Affairs for more informa tion at (240) 857-0866, DSN 857-0866 or mary.mesa@ogn.af.mil . public.afosi.amc.af.mil. Follow the link to “Joining OSI” or “Reserve Af fairs” to learn more about becoming a Reserve agent. For more informa tion on FLETC and USAFSIA follow the link to “Training.” ( ) OSI seeks Reserve volunteers

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Aug. 25, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 11 TRAINING SPOTLIGHT TRAINING SPOTLIGHT Training Spotlight you give to future NCO Academy students? “C ome with an open mind.” TE C H SGT. PATRI C K NEEDHAM NCOA student Chrissy Cuttita trol specialist, runs a scenerio training here. At the comput er, he works as a supervisor and stages the environment. These specialists guide stu trol situations that they may observe on the flightline. Creating ‘airspace’ MU-2 pilots provide valuable ABM training Get your Community College of the Air Force information at afvec.langley.af.mil. Congratulations to the 325th Airborne Control Squadron’s newest airborne battle managers, class 06-14A, who graduated Wednesday!1ST LT. JON QUINLAN 325th Air Control Squadron Nestled in the middle of the Tyndall training aircraft. Some may say these aircraft seem odd parked near the F-22 Raptors or F-15 Eagles, but the mission of these them are just as vital to developing America’s Air Dominance. The MU-2s and the nine retired mili Squadron’s Air Battle Management course. These pilots, contracted by Air missions daily so ABM students get real world experience controlling aircraft. craft,” said Capt. Art Gerhart, 325th ACS instructor. “These (MU-2 pilots) enhance our training by giving us a stepping stone approach to training.” After ABM students complete exten sive simulator training, their next step is controlling eight MU-2 sorties with a total of 24 tactical intercepts. Students information that ABMs provide them. the MU-2 even though we are going a lot slower,” said Rich White, Air 1st chief pilot and retired colonel. “Our distances are compressed so it’s a rela tively seamless transition.” The shorter distances make the train ing and the timing more realistic for students to help prepare them for high performance missions. Instructors from the 325th ACS choose scenarios students to a variety of formations and offensive/defensive tactics. Stu dents use these training sorties to get comfortable controlling aircraft, get experience hearing what tactical mis sions will sound like, and practice radio communication to the pilots. All ABM students must successfully complete all eight missions before they start work ing with high performance aircraft such as the F-15 Eagle or F-22 Raptor. The MU-2 tactical missions simulate a battle between the “blue” forces, usually simulating F-15’s and the “red” forces, usually simulating Mig-29’s. The MU-2 pilots are some of the most experienced pilots on base everything from the F-111, to the A-10, to the F-15. Seven are retired Air Force pilots, one is a retired Navy pilot and one is a former Marine pilot. All experience. “I love it,” said Mr. White on joy the job because number one, mission that most of us did some time in our military careers and the mission certainly contributes to national defense.” The pilots enjoy their job and also “The MU-2 is the right airplane for this mission,” said Joe Cannizzo, Air 1st pilot who is also an Air National Guard lieutenant colonel at the South east Air Defense Sector here. “The MU-2 is a reliable, rugged, maneu verable and economical turbo prop airplane It’s just the right mix.” The pilots play a big part in training new ABMs. “It is important for us to see how the controller is handling the intercept and adjust our communication appropri ately,” said Mr. Cannizzo. “We don’t want to over task the controller, but maximize the learning. Air 1st Aviation Companies, Inc. has 1st Lt. Jon Quinlan Manager training mission.

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Gulf Defender Page 13 Page 12 Gulf Defender FEATURE “ Set the highest standards you can, and demand performance to those standards every day.” LT. COL. MICHAEL STAPLETON 43rd Fighter Squadron commander Raptor commander makes mark, moves on Photo courtesy of the 43rd Fighter Squadron An F-22 Raptor from the 43rd Fighter Squadron taxis to the runway during a deployment to Nellis AFB, Nev. The squadron conducted various training missions and supported the mission employment phase of the Fighter Weapons School. Lisa Norman Senior Airman James Flemming, an F-22 Raptor crew chief, stands by as Lt. Col. “Bam Bam” Stapleton reviews the aircraft’s computerized main tenance log before a Raptor mission. Lisa Norman Col. Timothy Merrell, former 325th Operations Group commander, pass es the 43rd Fighter Squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Michael Stapleton as he gained command of the “American Hornets” in December 2004. Evolution of a Predator • FROM COMMANDER PAGE 1 here, and his foresight and leadership as a commander quickly propelled the Rap tor program toward combat-readiness. “One of the key areas Colonel Staple ton took the lead on was designing and developing a training program that fostered transformational thinking,” said Col. Jeffrey Harrigian, the first commander of the 43rd FS and the cur rent Chief of the Joint Exercise Division at the NATO Joint Warfare Center in Stavanger, Norway. “Some of our pilot meetings required the ability to get folks to think differently, yet at the same time, we needed to leverage all the expertise we had from other fighter airframes. Colonel Stapleton got folks to com municate and come together to build the underpinning of the program being ex ecuted right now.” Leading a Rap tor training unit, Colonel Stapleton recognized the need to consider every aspect of performance when engaging a weapon system that far surpasses anything the programs, such as the F-15 and F-16, were used as the foundation for the F-22 program here,” said Colonel Stapleton. community offered guidance during the initial phases of the Raptor training program. Based on the challenges of experts knew that the technology was going to be great, but it was going to be unpredictable, said Colonel Stapleton. “In the early days there was a lot of consternation about how this aircraft was a lot of concern at the higher levels of the Air Force amongst some of the we had the right ‘sight picture,’ so they spent a lot of time making sure we had the right picture.” “I can remember sitting in it was during one of those high levels of concern,” said the colonel about a meeting with the former commander of Air Education and Training Command. “We were on our way back from the Raptor Nation meeting with the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, who was our number one supporter and who gave us that sight picture.” During the meeting, Colonel Staple ton said, the original Raptor cadre was entrusted with the responsibility to conduct Raptor training using tactically sound methods based on their own ex periences and past lessons learned. “That was a huge lesson in leadership and the ability to take the risks on yourself as a leader and let your people excel,” said Colonel Stapleton. “Having the latitude to explore the ‘rights and wrongs’ of a new program and a new airplane got us on a tremendously solid path.” Given the responsibility of turning a viable Raptor training program into a force of mission-ready Raptor pilots, Colonel Stapleton and the initial team of Raptor instructors at the 43rd FS tested tactics and operating procedures that had never before been executed. Operational risk is weighed heav ily as pilots continue to create a new doctrine of tactics and global strike Colonel Stapleton. “We had to try new cers from the squadron and put them all together in a room and started thinking about tactics – nothing was off the table. Colonel Harrigian was the commander at the time, and he started by getting us talking about the benefits of the airplane. We started talking about the speed, the sensors and the stealth. We started to put these ideas under the heat with really big attitudes about how to was a totally different dynamic in how to achieve air dominance.” “The frank discussions of tactics and the proper employment of the F-22’s weapon systems were critical in the maturation of not only our pilots and those in the squadron, but of the entire Raptor program,” said Colonel Harrigian. “This approach ensured our folks were engaged and contributing to the plan, thus supporting our effort to build a prepared, cohesive team.” A vision of unrivaled air superior ity backed by sound judgment guided Colonel Stapleton’s training philosophy. “I trust the judg ment of every sin gle instructor in the 43rd FS,” he said. “We’re talking about the future of air dominance, and the capability to provide freedom of movement through any battle space out there for our joint forces. Judgment was the key, and our instructor pilots know when they’ve pushed the envelope too far, and they know when it’s time to bring it back home. They also know when to push the envelope little bit more. They know better than anyone else because they’re the ones doing it.” As an experienced pilot and a concerned leader, Colonel Stapleton continually judg es situations from the perspective of fel low instructor pilots in the squadron. And sometimes, he said, that’s hard to do. “I feel a little bit of pressure from the system and a lot of responsibility to the cost of this aircraft, but then my is to that captain who’s pushing the en velope for the Raptor community,” he said. “It’s a balance, but at the end of the day, it’s their judgment that carries them and progress is made.” The trust needed to be a part of the Raptor community reaches beyond the rooms. Every component of the Rap program’s success. “We have worked together on this program longer than any other pilot and maintainer at Tyndall,” said Chief Master Sgt. Larry Aderholdt, 43rd Air craft Maintenance Unit NCO in charge. “We respect and have trust and loyalty for one another. We’ve shared the same vision from the start.” Cooperation between operational units and maintenance units is often the difference between mission success and failure. “Without his trust in my ability to do what’s right, the AMU may not have seen as many successes as we have,” said Chief Aderholdt. “Colonel Stapleton has a relationship with the maintainers on the line. To them, he’s not the 43rd FS commander, he’s Lt. Col. Stapleton, a guy you feel comfort able talking to about anything and who will listen and sincerely care about your opinions and concerns.” Because of that relationship, said Chief Aderholdt, the maintainers are dedicated like no other group of folks he’s worked with in 20 years of service. The impact Colonel Stapleton has made on the Raptor community tran scends glass cockpits and discussions of tactical doctrine. He believes in creating a strong foundation for the training pro gram here, and he’s enthusiastic about the future of the Raptor. “It’s a new aircraft – a new horizon – and it’s very exciting to be on the lead ing edge of that,” he said. His advice for those who continue to create and carry on the traditions of the “American Hornets” is to, “set the highest standards you can, and demand performance to those standards every day.” “The most impressive leadership trait of his is the ability to communicate and motivate folks,” said Colonel Harrigian. “Whether it’s Congress, his communication skills and passion for the program will make any American proud.” Raptor training at the 43rd FS will continue to build upon the contributions made by Colonel Stapleton. “The accomplishments of the 43rd FS under Colonel Stapleton’s leadership have been legendary,” said Lt. Col. David Krumm, incoming commander of the 43rd FS. “Over the past four years, the chal lenges and obstacles of this new weapon system truly demanded revolutionary vi sion and solutions, and Colonel Stapleton provided both. I am honored to follow in his footsteps as the commander of the 43rd FS, and I plan to continue to advance his ideas and concepts for the Raptor and produce world-class F-22 pilots for the Combat Air Forces.” The footsteps Colonel Stapleton leaves behind as commander of the 43rd FS can be traced back to what’s most important to him. “There’s no way I could do this with out my family,” said Colonel Stapleton. “There’s no way I could be a part of something this big without them. It’s not real to me until I go home and tell my kids and my wife about it – it’s just not real to me. And it could be the most challenging thing in the world, but it doesn’t set in until I share it with them and they become a part of it they’ve been fantastic.” Lt. Col. Stapleton will be appointed as the deputy commander of the 325th Operations Group following the assump tion of command.

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Page 14 Gulf Defender Aug. 25, 2006 GULF GUIDE Catholic services Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m. Monday–Friday, Chapel Two Reconciliation, before Saturday Mass or by appointment Saturday Mass, 5 p.m., Chapel Two Sunday Mass, 9:30 a.m., Chapel Two Religious Education, 11 a.m., Bldg. 1476 Protestant services Traditional worship service, 9:30 a.m., Chapel One Contemporary worship service, 11 a.m., Chapel Two Wednesday Fellowship, 5 p.m., Chapel Two (For more information on other services in the local area, call the Chaplain’s office at 283-2925.) Briefs At 3 p.m. Sept. 14, Tyndall AFB will start the National Prisoners of War/ Missing in Action Recognition Day Ceremony with a 24-hour vigil run in Flag Park. This commemoration is set aside to honor the commitment and the MIAs, and their families. geant. For more information, contact Senior Airman Theresa Edmiston at 283-1098. Remembrance reunion event Air Forces Northern and the Con tinental U.S. NORAD Region 9-11 Remembrance Reunion is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Sept.11 at Flag Park. The event will honor those who served Sept. 11, 2001, and also recognize ser vicemembers who continue to defend the nation through Operation Noble Eagle. For more information, visit www.1staf.tyndall.af.mil/911/index.htm or call 283-8659. The POW/MIA luncheon will be at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Enlisted Club. The cost is $14 for club members and $16 for non-members. The price includes a commemorative coin. For more informa RAO here may close soon The Retirees Activities office may close soon unless more people vol unteer to keep it running. The RAO provides a source of information for the retiree community about pay and entitlements, vehicle registration, identification cards and more. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Volunteers can work as many or as few hours per week as they desire. For more information or to volunteer call 2832737, or e-mail rao@tyndall.af.mil. Heart Link The next Heart Link is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the En listed Club Classics Lounge. Heart Link is an orientation about the Air Force mission and available services that can will be games, skits, and prize drawings throughout the day. For more informa tion or to make reservations, contact the Family Support Center at 283-4205. The Protestant Women of the Cha pel fall kickoff will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 7 at the Spiritual Fit ness Building 1476. If you would like to attend the fellowship or have any ques tions contact the Chapel at 283-2925. Marriage Class “Seven Habits for Highly Effective Marriages,” is a brown bag lunch-time class that discusses the core concepts needed to build a strong, solid founda tion for marriage. Classes are held at the Family Support Center. For information or to make reservations, call 283-4204. Spouse Employment Assistance The Family Support Center mili tary family employment specialist is available from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday at the FSC. They assist military spouses with job placement and referrals for positions in the Panama City area and register spouses in the workforce employment system. For more infor mation or to make an appointment, call 283-4204. Case lot sale The commissary will have a case lot sale Sept. 15-17. For more in formation, call 283-4825 or go to www.commissaries.com. Towel service to end towel service. Tyndall’s Fitness Center will no longer issue towels begining Oct. 1. Club membership drive The annual Air Force Clubs’ mem bership drive starts Sept. 1 and will end Nov. 31. To sign up for club member Club or call them at 283-4357 or 2834146, respectively. Medina Barron gets help from Cheryl Haswell during a “Scrappin’ Factory” workshop at Arts and Scrappin’ happy Chrissy Cuttita

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Aug. 25, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 15 Intramural Sports Standings Golf Team AFNORTH CES AFCESA MSS RHS Team SFS OSS TEST MDG SVS ACS CONS Points Bowling Team CES AMXS 4 Test RED HORSE AMMO INRD SFS SVS Team CONS MDG MSS AFNORTH 3 AMXS 43 MOS Bye 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 L L Points Team High Game Scratch Team High Series Scratch Team High Game Handicap Team High Series Handicap High Male Game Scratch High Male Series Scratch High Male Game Handicap High Male Series Handicap High Female Game Scratch High Female Series Scratch High Female Game Handicap High Female Series Handicap AFCESA SVS Steve Murphy Ken Young Robert Gullet Sparky Sparks Jody Forcha Chong Dodson Renee Powell base bowling championship Sept. 2. The purpose of the tournament games is to select the Tyndall representatives for the Raptor Lanes Base Team. To be eligible for the base Team, bowl ers must be a member of the Thursday Night Intramural League and have bowled 21 games in the league. Four males and two females will be se lected. There will be four separate tournament games held Sept. 2, Oct. 15, Nov. 12 and Dec. 16. Championship winners must bowl in at least three of the tournaments. Those having the highest cumulative pin count for 18 games during these tournament games will be selected for the base team. If a bowler participates in all four tournament games, the bowler will be allowed to drop the lowest set. The bowling tour nament is conducted under the authority of and sanctioned by the U.S. Bowling Congress. All appli cable USBC rules will govern this tour nament. All entrants must be members of the Panama City USBC. Results will be posted at Raptor Lanes. For a list of rules, to sign up or to obtain more information, call Raptor Lanes at 283-2380. ( ) Bowling championship games to start CHRISSY CUTTITA 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Three Tyndall softball teams returned from competitive in ter-service rivalry with their heads held up high Sunday. Airman, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines from bases around the world reported to duty on Frank Brown Park’s softball fields in Panama City Beach for the U.S. Slow-pitch Softball Association’s Military World Championship tournament. Tyndall’s Lady Tigers placed seventh of 15 in the women’s military category, while the 325th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Playmakers placed seventh and 2NQ Nomads placed ninth of 13 teams in the military men’s intramural category. “At the Intramural level, the teams are becoming stronger and stronger each year,” said John Atkinson, manager of the 2NQ Nomads, made up of players who work at a variety of squadrons around base. “This is what makes this tour nament fun. This allows you to compete against the Army, Navy, and Air Force teams in the world. After the Military Worlds were completed, the 2NQ Nomads ranked 12th in the world based on the num ber of points earned during tournament play throughout the year.” The teams practiced hard to prepare for this challenge and fought hard when they got there. “Our team looks forward to this tournament along with the Air Education and Train ing Command Championships every year,” said Daryl Shines, Lady Tigers coach. “We ac complished our goals at AETC this year and next year we will work hard to be on top of both tournaments.” The Nomads started prac ticing in January for their 2006 tournament schedule for the Florida Panhandle and Alabama area. “We played against some exceptionally talented teams in these tournaments,” said Atkin son. “Tournaments allow us to hone our skills and get used to playing with each other.” When the competition was about to close, the champion ship sponsors instituted a pilot program for a co-ed division so the Tyndall “Catheads” were created on the spot. “Participants were made up of players from the Lady Tigers and members from the 2NQ Nomads,” said Atkin son. “This team was thrown together at the last minute and placed 5th in the Mixed Divi sion. We had a heartbreaking loss in our last game. The score was 17 to 16, in eleven innings.” According to managers and coaches, its all about how you play the game, not whether you win or lose. “The three main ingredients that make a ballplayer are com mitment, loyalty and passion for the game,” said Atkinson. “The two teams I managed in the Military Worlds this past weekend have these outstand ing qualities and more. If the Military Worlds were hap pening again this weekend, I would take these two teams back with me to battle in the trenches again.” Teams play Military World softball

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Page 16 Gulf Defender Aug. 25, 2006 are performing nontraditional missions to provide temporary augmentation. ILO training is designed to develop a population of Airmen who are combat-ready their normal Air Force specialty. “I’m extremely grateful for our high-caliber Airmen who have tak en on the challenges of ILO train ing,” said Col. Scott Schafer, vice commander at 2nd Air Force. “I have been told on more than one occasion ‘Thank you’ because position for the Army,” Captain Hunnicutt said. “It means that Sol diers can have more time with their families before that next rotation.” Colonel Schafer expressed his gratitude at a picnic held for the Airmen and their families. He thanked the families for their sup port and prayers “because without them, the Airmen couldn’t have successfully accomplished the training,” he said. Col Schafer challenged the grad uates, who came together from 50 bases, to continue the partnership that was forged four years ago be tween the U.S. and Afghanistan. “Airmen join hands with Army embedded training teams and work with the new Afghan Na tional Army to come together to rebuild that country,” he said. “I can’t think of a greater, more exciting challenge that you have before you to be part of history, to be part of helping Afghani stancome to see that freedom that they’ve never seen before.” The four-week course included theater immersion training activi ties such as individual movement techniques, mounted combat pa trols, improvised explosion device lifesaver training. The course also included support missions exercises, defense training and combat tactics exercises. Major Frye said the training also exercise for convoy operations. She said the training incorporated relevant scenarios geared toward experiences and expected situations in current deployed environments. “The most important thing we gained from our experience here was to be comfortable with carry Major Frye said. “Everyone got a lot more comfortable with (his or her) M-16 and M-9.” “The Army is happy to have us here and the Airmen are eager to tain Hunnicutt said. ( ) • FROM ILO PAGE 9 Triathlon/Duathlon Sept. 16. Race sign-in starts at 6:30 a.m., and the race begins at 8 a.m. at Eagle Drive in base housing here There are two options for entry: Sprint triathlon: 600-meter swim, 12-mile bike, 3-mile run Duathlon: 1.1-Mile run, 12-mile bike, 3-mile run Registration is available online at www.active.com For more information, call 283-2060. Tyndall’s Fitness Center is looking for a women’s varsity basketball coach. For more information, contact

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Aug. 25, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 17 DALLAS – With the latest edition to the Exchange Online Store, busy troops can now as semble their uniforms with just a few clicks of the mouse. The virtual exchange’s new “Uniform Ready-to-Wear” site makes it easy to complete uni form orders through one easyto-use Web site. The final prod uct is shipped to the Soldier or Airmen’s door, ready to wear right out of the box, with no assembly required. ACUs and BDUs can be or dered along with add-on items such as boots, belts, t-shirts and socks. For a small fee a local alterations contractor will even attach all nametapes, rank, insignia, badges and patches on BDUs before they are mailed. “This is the most convenient way for an Airman or officer to purchase a set of BDUs,” said Maj. Brian Schooley, Army and Air Force Exchange Service Air Force military clothing program manager. “The uniform is deliv ered directly to the mailbox and once the local command patch is attached the uniform is ready to wear.” Operational since July 24, the “Uniform Readyto-Wear” site may be accessed by logging on to www.aafes.com . From there, military service members need to click shop by department and select “ Mili tary Uniforms Ready-to-W ear” to begin creat ing their custom uniform. “This is a great opportunity for active and Reserve Soldiers in remote locations to purchase their ACUs,” said Maj. Lula Hart-Evans, AAFES Army mili AAFES offers uniform purchase online tary clothing program man ager. “Assembling a complete uniform is now as simple as using a pull down menu.” ( ) the opportunity to order by number using AAFES

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Page 18 Gulf Defender Aug. 25, 2006 Flight medicine keeps aircrew healthySENIOR AIRMAN SARAH MCDO W E LL 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs ( feature series highlighting the ) Whenever something breaks, such as an aircraft, there is some one standing by ready and able to Keeping these men and women when the 325th Medical Group’s Flight Medicine steps in. “Our goal is to keep fliers cally capable of doing their job safely,” said Maj. Darin Gun ninck, 325th Aeromedical Dental Squadron nurse manager. The flight provides medi cal support for Tyndall’s 325th Fighter Wing and tenant units. “We go over their records surgeon with the 325th Aero medical-Dental Squadron. “We have to adhere to very stringent standards in the Air Force in struction.” surgeons for a population of about 1,600 patients, practicing be demanding, but it appears that the folks at Tyndall do it well. As in other shops, even “ordi nary” tasks such as deployments can make the job even more dif “As with everybody else in volved in the war on terror, we have been affected by deploy ments this year,” said Major Gunnink. “What is unique to us, deployed this year, and one had a permanent change of station which left us with only two doctors for nine months out of the year.” The doctors may incur these challenges, but when it comes • SEE FLIGHT PAGE 19

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Aug. 25, 2006 Gulf Defender to their patients, they study the chal lenges of the unique work environ ment. To help the doctor further un derstand the stresses and strains students experience in the cockpit, also review the aircrafts’ heads up display tapes to further familiarize themselves. they go through and frankly, I can tell you, it’s like being in a boxing match,” he said. “It’s hard work. Not only do they have to manage the G-forces, they have to maintain an optimum level of situational awareness as they lot of information in a short time, so outside concerns.” He said once an issue, whether physical or mental, is discovered, a thorough assessment is conducted and a course of action involving the “A minor ache on the ground can he said. “We have to be aware of any little thing that can throw off a pilot’s Major Ravi said his interaction with students can either be formal, through are another source of information, though the major said that referrals don’t often happen here. “We hang out at the operations desk with you, they’ll ask questions. We try to address the minor issues at the squadron.” The doctor said the two favorite ing with the instructors and students. “Fighter pilots have some inherent characteristics that make them suc cessful,” Major Ravi said. “They are extremely intelligent and good at mul titasking. They never do anything half way, no matter the task, so we have to watch out that they don’t oversaturate themselves.” Also during their squadron visits, they are not only interacting with instructors and students, they are as sessing the overall occupational envi ronment to ensure it is “conducive to operational effectiveness,” according to the major. doctor said. “They want to be healthy ing them achieve that goal, it’s a great feeling.” • FROM FLIGHT PAGE 18 FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Tricare Management Activity posted its allowable charges on an easy-touse Web site. The cost of medical care varies widely across the ally post their charges for various procedures. That makes it hard for patients to judge if they’re being charged a reasonable amount for operations or examinations. By making its maximum allowable charges easily available to the public, Tricare’s intent service providers and users. “We have a responsibility to help educate the public on health care issues,” said William Winkenwerder, Jr., assistant secretary of defense (health affairs.) “With medical costs continuing to spiral upward, the more the consumer knows the better. This information could be especially useful for people with no insurance, who may be able to negotiate pricing with their physicians.” The new Web site shows the Tricare Maximum al lowable charge tables, listing the most frequently used procedures, more than 300 of them, and the amount Tricare is legally allowed to pay for them. These charges are tied to Medicare allowable charges, ef fectively making them a federal standard for health care costs. Tricare figures the allowable charge from all professional (non-institutional) providers’ bills over the previous year. A claims processor can tell services or procedures and now, anyone can see the charges on the new Web site. The rate table uses the Healthcare Common Proce dure Coding System. The charges in this table don’t with Tricare network providers, so they may differ The Tricare allowable charges are listed on line at www.tricare.osd.mil/allowablecharges. ( ) Tricare helps customers understand allowable charges with Web site Can you beat the Pig skin Prognosticator? The National Football League is soon beginning its 2006 season. Do you think you can outsmart the Pig-Prog by picking each week’s winners? Watch for the Pig-Prog challenge coming soon only in the Gulf Defender . Maybe you’ll get a chance to lose to the great est football forecaster of them all.

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Aug. 25, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 21 Tyndall AFB AAFES Labor Day weekend holiday hours Facility Saturday Sunday MondayAlterations closed closed closed Anthony’s 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Barber 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. closed Beauty shop 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. closed closed Cell n’ Accessories 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. closed closed Charley’s 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. closed closed Class Six 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cool Beanz Coffee closed closed closed Dry cleaners closed closed closed Felix Lake 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. GNC 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Main store 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. MCSS 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. closed closed Optical shop 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. closed closed Robin Hood closed closed closed Service station 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. closed closed Shoal point 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. closed Other Base Facilities Commissary 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. closed Burger King 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. closed

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